Trigger Points in the Glutes are usually associated with lower back pain, and often overlooked!
The gluteus muscles are primarily responsible for extending the legs but they are also called on to support and stabilize our core - particularly when we are sitting at a work desk, or driving for long periods. Overuse in these simple activities often cause trigger points to form in the gluteus maximus. These trigger points may exist for long periods of time without manifesting in painful symptoms . Unfortunately, the trigger points make the muscle shorter and weaker, often forcing other muscles to over-compensate on loading. This is turn often creates painful conditions further down the line.
The most common symptom of trigger points in the gluteus maximus is pain in the lower back. We also note that the glutes can tend to get overlooked by some therapists, understandably, as this is a sensitive area to treat.
When clients appear in our clinics with lower back pain, we almost always check for trigger points in gluteus maximus. Once you deal with the sensitivity of treating this area (with careful and detailed explanation to the client) trigger points in the glutes are actually quite simple to identify and treat, although as with all large muscles, these trigger points can take a while to release.
Ask your therapist about trigger points!
Here's a stretch that we like to recommend for these muscles:
Lie on a bench on your side. Allow the top leg to fall forward and off the side of the bench.
MUSCLES BEING STRETCHED
Primary muscles: Tensor fasciae latae. Gluteus medius and mininus.
Secondary muscles: Sartorius. Gluteus maximus.
SPORTS THAT BENEFIT FROM THIS STRETCH
Basketball. Netball. Cycling. Hiking. Backpacking. Mountaineering. Orienteering. Ice hockey. Field hockey. Ice-skating. Roller-skating. Inline skating. Martial arts. Running. Track. Cross-country. American football (gridiron). Soccer. Rugby. Snow skiing. Water skiing. Surfing. Walking. Race walking. Wrestling.
INJURY WHERE STRETCH MAY BE USEFUL
Trochanteric bursitis. Iliotibial band syndrome.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PERFORMING THIS STRETCH CORRECTLY
Try not to let your leg fall too far forward and use the weight of your leg to do the stretching for you.
This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell.
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