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Pain in the backside

Categories: Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage
Tags: hip pain, pain in the bum, glutes, piriformis

One of the most important areas of the body is the hips. It connects the upper half of your body to the lower half, and around the back of your hips you’ll find what are called your gluteal muscles, or glutes for short (your bum muscles!)

The glutes consist of 3 muscles: gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus, and tightness in these muscles can dramatically affect other areas of the body as we compensate for this. Underneath these, there is another muscle called the piriformis, and tightness in this can sometimes cause sciatic symptoms down the leg. Everyday use, combined with lots of sitting down or driving, leads to tension in the glutes/piriformis, so here are 3 things that you can do to prevent tightness in this area.

  • Stretch! – Yep, I’m sure you’d already guessed that was coming. Regularly stretching your glutes will help to loosen them up and free off tension in other areas of the body as a result.
  • Trigger point ball – Think of it as a smaller, more targeted foam roller. Golf balls/lacrosse balls are good enough to use, as well as the purpose-built trigger point balls that you can buy. Warning, it will be painful!
  • Sports massage – Don’t like inflicting pain on yourself? Get someone else to do it (that’s where we come in)! Think of sports massage as a combination of stretching and trigger point therapy. You’ll feel that pain in your backside start to disappear as if by magic, and your body will be functioning properly once again (even if you hate us during the massage)!

To book your massage please call 0115 837 3553 or click here to book an appointment online.

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