The buttock muscles are powerhouses of movement in the body. Surprisingly, they can get painful from just sitting around, as well as from overwork. Three major buttock muscles, the gluteals, will benefit from massage care, stretching, and strengthening.
Muscle of the month: The Gluteals
Gluteals, glutes, buttock, rear-end, hiney; these muscles have been given many names over the years, and I’m sure you can think of a few more! But (pun intended), did you know you have three gluteal muscles on each side? The gluteals consist of the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. Each has its own specific actions and pain pattern, which helps your massage therapist differentiate which glute is the dysfunctional one.
Gluteus Maximus: The big Kahuna
Actions – Extends, laterally rotates, abducts and adducts the hip (moves leg away from or toward the body)
Common pain culprit – Sitting for an extended period of time (underwork), or conversely, excessive hill or stair climbing (overwork)
The gluteus maximus is the largest of the glute muscles, as you can tell by its…
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