Treating the Gluteus Minimus

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Treating Gluteus Minimus - Stuart Hinds


[Greek gloutos, buttock; Latin minimus, smallest]

The gluteus minimus is situated anteroinferior and deep to the gluteus medius, whose fibers obscure it.


Outer surface of ilium between anterior and inferior gluteal lines.


Anterior border of greater trochanter.


Abducts, medially rotates, and may assist in flexion of hip joint. Antagonists: lateral rotator group.


Superior gluteal nerve, L45, S1.

Basic Functional Movement

Example: stepping sideways over an object, such as a low fence.


Gluteus Minimus Trigger Points

Gluteus Minimus - Common Trigger Point Sites and Referred Pain Patterns


Referred Pain Patterns

A multipennate muscle with multiple anterior, middle, and posterior trigger points referring strong pain in lower buttock, hip, and lateral lower extremity beyond knee to ankle and calf.

A huge percentage of leg pain, including sciatica, has a connection to gluteus minimus and hamstrings.


Pain sitting to standing, pain at rest/walking/side lying, night pain (may wake), hip replacement, sciatica/pseudosciatica, leg length discrepancy, postural issues, hip pain in bed, arthritic hip, post hip surgery.


Sitting on wallet, sports injury (tennis, running, biking), trauma from fall, motorcycling, standing on one leg, sitting cross-legged, hip/ knee/ankle injury/fracture, leg casts.

Differential Diagnosis

Radiculopathy (lumbar). Sacroiliitis. Hip joint dysfunction. Sciatic irritation. Hip bursitis.


TFL, other gluteal muscles, vastus lateralis, IT band, QL, peroneal muscles, piriformis, pelvic alignment.


Treating Hip Pain & Dysfunction with NAT

Sciatica Trigger Point Masterclass


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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