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Sports Massage for the Hip - Part 3

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Stuart Hinds - Sports Massage for the Hip

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Notes for the video above

Trigger points in any of these muscles will reduce their efficiency so it is worth checking the muscles individually for taut bands.

Remember that posture, aging and other health issues may also influence trigger point formation and location.

Remember to also look at the trigger point pain maps and the anatomy before you start. Sometimes the referred pain is in a distal location to the muscle. If you can find a taut band in one of these muscles that reproduces the clients’ symptoms, then ‘bingo’ – go for it.

Trigger Points and Holding Patterns

However, often there’s more to it. The body tends to shut down around pain to avoid further noxious stimuli in a ‘holding pattern’ (pain inhibition).

Part of the way it does this is by using trigger points. Depending on how long the symptoms have been there, we see certain ‘classic’ active trigger points in the hip holding patterns.

These patterns include the Hip Flexors (especially Iliopsoas insertion and Quadratus Femoris), Abductors (specifically Gluteus Medius), and Lower back muscles (Erector Spinae and Multifidus). 


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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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