The muscle that makes it possible for you to power upstairs and hills, and also supports your pelvis and hips while squatting and lunging, is the gluteus maximus. Treatment for pain in the body’s heaviest muscle include acupuncture for gluteus maximus strain.
What is Gluteus Maximus?
The outermost muscle of the buttocks that gives it its shapely, round form is the gluteus maximus. This muscle helps control how the lower body moves, tightening up to support the forward mobility of the body and raise it from a squatting position. The upper fibers of the gluteus maximus laterally rotate the hip joint and can help with the abduction of the joint. The lower fibers of the muscle extend and rotate the hip joint laterally. Due to its insertion into the IT tract (iliotibial tract), the gluteus maximus also helps stabilize the knee during extension. Even though trigger points in the gluteus maximus frequently transmit pain to the buttocks and hips, the pain has commonly been associated with lower back pain.
Causes of Gluteus Maximus Injuries
Gluteus maximus injuries are typically caused by the overuse or misuse of the muscle, poor posture, or trauma. It’s often difficult to determine the actual cause of the pain because injury and weakness related to gluteus maximus may trigger pain in other areas, including the hip, knee, or lower back. As a matter of fact, the gluteus maximus muscle is often an overlooked source of pain in those who suffer from lower back pain. Activities that can result in gluteus maximus pain and injury include swimming, repetitive kicking, (martial arts, etc.), uphill walking while angled forward, weight lifting, sitting for long periods of time or falling.
Hamstring pain is also a symptom of gluteus maximus strain (because most muscles of the lower body are interconnected). If you don’t stretch your hamstrings prior to exercising, the gluteus maximus can be affected. Weak hamstrings are often the cause of a runner’s legs giving out, overstretching the gluteus maximus.
Treatment for gluteus maximus pain includes heat application, mild stretching involving hip flexion, as well as moderate strengthening exercises. Strengthening routines include hip extensions and lunges. Acupuncture for gluteus maximus strain and massage therapy are often used to the release specific trigger points to relax the muscle.
More on Acupuncture for Gluteus Maximus Strain
Acupuncture successfully treats a number of health issues, including gluteus maximus strain. The ancient Chinese practice is used to stimulate trigger points in muscles to stimulate the healing process, at the same time improving blood circulation, reducing inflammation. Using acupuncture, tight glutes can be treated, and a healthy state maintained, helping ensure that runners and other athletes perform at their best. During China Olympics athletes routinely receive acupuncture treatments to keep their bodies flexible and strong. For ideal results, combine acupuncture with a stretching regime at home.
The primary difference between conventional medicine and acupuncture for gluteus maximus strain is that the practice is based on an entirely different view of the human body, mind and even emotions. Acupuncture is based on a flow of energy referred to as ‘Qi’, whose rhythm, flow and balance are used to establish the state of someone’s health. If you are experiencing lower back pain, which is often connected to gluteus Maximus strain, you should consider trying acupuncture.