Treating Gluteus Minimus, presented by 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, L4, 5, S1.
Basic Functional Movement
Example: stepping sideways over an object, such as a low fence.
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 the lower buttock, hip, and lateral lower extremity beyond knee to ankle and calf.
Pain sitting to standing, pain at rest/walking/side lying, night pain (may wake), hip replacement, sciatica/pseudo sciatica, 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.
Radiculopathy (lumbar). Sacroiliitis. Hip joint dysfunction. Sciatic irritation. Hip bursitis.
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.