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Warm, Superficial Irritation Along Inside of Thigh

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How People Describe This Pain Pattern

People Complain of hot or irritating, superficial pain along the inside of the thigh. The pain may seem superficial but, also constant. Typically, there is no relief from changing positions. Some people get relief from activities like walking.

Often, the patient can feel the tight band of muscle beneath the pain.

In my practice, this is often seen as an irritant on the skin. People are surprised when it goes away from cranial work or pelvic balancing. However, it bothers people that jeans and other clothing rub against it. This may be why this pain is an infrequent complaint. It feels like a skin problem, more than muscular pain.

Notably, there is another pattern of warm, irritating, or tingly pain along the outside of the thigh. For more info, check out this post.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern


Typically, this trigger point is aggravated by a jarring sports step, a fall, or a motor vehicle accident. So, it is more common in sports like tennis or basketball. Additionally, it can flare up when you start a new exercise routine that includes lunges.

Additionally, it occurs when trying to stop or stabilize the spreading of the legs. This might occur during a fall, slipping on ice, or walking over dunes at the beach.

Notably, it is an unusual pattern, It is more likely that this motion produces the typical “groin pull” pain from the trigger points in the larger adductors.

The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

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This post on anatomy contains standard information about the origin, insertion, function, and innervation of muscles. Additionally, it includes information on functional considerations and anomalies.

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Anatomy posts have a grid of all related posts. This includes posts on pain patterns, self-care, therapy notes, NMT protocols, cranial techniques, and cases.

Getting Relief on Your Own

Self-Care Follow-up

Self-Care Posts have common sections to make them easy to follow and understand:

  • Activities to Avoid or Change
  • Strategies for Quick Relief
  • Stretches and Exercise for Longer-Lasting Relief
  • Yoga Corner

Therapy Notes for Massage and Bodywork

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Therapy Notes provide details for cranial, spinal, and local joint work. These notes also link to a traditional neuromuscular protocol.

By treating integrative components first, direct work on the muscle becomes less intense while providing longer-lasting relief.

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Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where he sees clients. He has written materials and instructed classes since the mid-90s. This includes anatomy, trigger points, cranial, and neuromuscular.

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