Pressure Points and Persistent Aches and Pains
A common cause of persistent and strange aches and pains that usually go under-diagnosed are pressure points , or muscle knots. Most of these trigger points (TrPs) are common and, on condition that you are educated on where each trigger point is, they can be massaged at home! These TrPs are the most useful and satisfying areas to apply pressure to muscle.
That being said, the focus will be on two common TrPs treated at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center that have helped hundreds of patients suffering from low back pain, trochanteric bursitis and sciatica. These points are the obscure gluteus medius and minimus muscles. Other muscles such as the gluteus maximus contribute to lower extremity pain as well, but the gluteus medius and minimus are significant culprits to pain in the buttock, legs, hips and back.
These muscles are located in the deep lateral part of the glutes and are a common but unsuspected source of pain. This pair of muscles is “the deltoid of the butt”– they lift the leg just as the deltoid muscle of the arm lifts it out to the side.
This pair of muscles is not a single specific pressure point, but a small area where you can find a noteworthy pressure point or points. This area is on the side of the hip. You can feel the muscles if you stand on one leg and lift the other out to the side several times. When you start to feel a burn on the sides of your hips, you are feeling your lateral glutes.
Even without symptoms, pressure point techniques on these muscles is still important since they usually harbor latent pressure points— points not obvious until they are pressed. These are also normally responsible for stiffness, vague discomfort, and aching throughout the hip and buttocks traveling down into the leg.
Their importance is often unsuspected because the key gluteus medius and minimus pressure points are located way out on the side of the hip, but the discomfort they produce spreads inwards and downwards. It is common for this pain to be strongest right under the butt cheek, thus often mistaken for sciatica.
Because they are hidden, massaging these muscles can feel like a real surprise, proving to be a satisfying discovery of the true source of stiffness or pain.
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