Sports Massage for the Hip: Part Two

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Stuart Hinds demonstrates sports massage for the hip 


Sports Massage for the Hip: Part One

Sports Massage for the Hip: Part Three


Trigger points in any of these muscles will reduce their efficiency so it is worth checking the muscles individually for taut bands.

Remember that posture, ageing and other health issues may also influence trigger point formation and location.

Remember to also look at the trigger point pain maps and the anatomy before you start. Sometimes the referred pain is in a distal location to the muscle. If you can find a taut band in one of these muscles that reproduces the clients’ symptoms, then ‘bingo’ – go for it.

Trigger Points and Holding Patterns

However, often there’s more to it. The body tends to shut down around pain to avoid further noxious stimuli in a ‘holding pattern’ (pain inhibition).

Part of the way it does this is by using trigger points. Depending on how long the symptoms have been there, we see certain ‘classic’ active trigger points in the hip holding patterns.

These patterns include the Hip Flexors (especially Illiopsoas insertion and Quadratus Femoris), Abductors (specifically Gluteus Medius), and Lower back muscles (Erector Spinae and Multifidus).


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About the author

Stuart Hinds is one of Australia’s leading soft tissue therapists, with over 27 years of experience as a practitioner, working with elite sports athletes, supporting Olympic teams, educating and mentoring others as well as running a highly successful clinic in Geelong.

Stuart has a strong following of practitioners across Australia and globally who tap into his expertise as a soft-tissue specialist. He delivers a range of highly sought after seminars across Australia, supported by online videos, webinars and one-on-one mentoring to help support his colleagues to build successful businesses.

In 2016, Stuart was awarded a lifetime membership to Massage & Myotherapy Australia for his significant support and contribution to the industry.


This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 

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  • Hey Christine,
    Thanks for your comment! I endeavour to cater to all needs and we’re creating more videos all the time, but it’s quite a time-consuming process.
    There is an approach you can use with the client side-lying with the adductor you’re working on table-side down, and the hip in as much flexion as possible.
    Feel free to reach out via our Facebook page or send me an email if you have any further questions.
    Cheers, Stuart.

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  • These 3 Hip Vids are so helpful. Thank you. But my clients are often not as fit or slim and holding heavy legs and working on flabby tissue can be difficult. Please can you demonstrate on some different body types? Cheers

    Christine on

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