Your Pain Pattern,
What Aggravates It,
The Underlying Anatomy
How to Get Relief,
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The people complain of pain down the side of the thigh. When questioned, they will often say that it extends down the calf. Understanding where the pain goes is essential. People with this gluteus minimus problem are clear that it goes behind the ankle. Comparatively, other patterns extend toward the front of the ankle and onto the foot.
When it Focuses in the Buttock
When there is a pain in the lower buttock, it can be the primary complaint. In those cases, pain down the thigh is a lesser concern or may not even be a problem.
This stiffness and chronic pain may flare up when rising from a chair. It may also disturb their sleep or cause them to walk with a limp.
How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern
People with this trigger point, especially when it focuses in the buttock, are aggravated by prolonged sitting or standing. One of my clients says that he is always the first to stand during the applause at a play because of the pain. These clients often get a standing desk and swap back and forth between as the day goes on. Long periods of driving, where they cannot shift to a better position or sleeping on their side can activate the pain so that it cannot be relieved without becoming mobile.
Onset is OftenVague
This problem usually progresses over time and they are not aware of a specific onset. They may have had something like a jarring motor vehicle accident or stepped in a hole just before noticing that it bothered them to be immobilized for long periods.
This post has strategies for getting relief on your own. Explore how to change your activities, stretch and other strategies that relieve the pain associated with this trigger point.
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This post has techniques, tips, treatment routines, and anatomy illustrations to improve the bodyworker’s approach.
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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points, and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.
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