It's June already and many of us are spending time outside gardening, doing yardwork or going on hikes.
Unfortunately, our hips can start acting up when we start doing activities our bodies aren't used to. We might blame the pain on "sciatica" or "piriformis syndrome" but did you know gluteus minimus trigger points can also mimic these symptoms?
What is a trigger point?
Trigger points are hyper-irritable muscle tissues that often refer symptoms to other parts of the body. For example, if you were to take a lacrosse ball and lean against a wall to roll out the muscles a couple inches about the top of your hip bone (femur) and find a deep achiness radiating all the way down the back of your leg, you may have found the trigger point. In Trigger Point Therapy, the massage therapist strives to find and release these tense areas. In order to optimize your massage session, it is important to pay attention to the sensations in your body and to maintain open communication with your massage therapist. Once you find these trigger points, be sure to share that with your massage therapist so that your therapist can focus more time on these areas in your next massage session.
Ask your massage therapists at your next appointment if this might be happening to you.
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