Acupuncture for Athletes Part 1: Gluteal Muscles

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 in Acupuncture, Blog, Exercise | No Comments

If you are a runner, chances are your hips and gluteal muscles are tight.

Your gluteals are made of three large muscles that located deep to the adipose (fat) tissue of the rear. These muscles are Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus. They are responsible for flexion and extension, and rotation of the hip joint. Runners and cyclists often experience very tight and painful glutes.

Interestingly no other mammal has as much relative adipose tissue on our rears as we humans do, and scientists aren’t exactly sure why either. Its speculated we need adipose tissue to cushion ourselves when we sit, but we actually rely on the boney structure, called the ischial tuberosity, to sit upon.

With acupuncture tight glutes can be relieved and maintained to help keep runners and other athletes moving at their best. In China Olympic athletes regularly receive acupuncture treatment to help keep the body strong and flexible. For best results acupuncture is often used in conjunction with at home stretches. I personally like to incorporate Tuina, a form of Chinese massage, into treatment of gluteal pain.

Athletes demand a lot out of their bodies! Whether you are training for a triathlon or a weekend jogger acupuncture and Chinese medicine may be helpful for you.

Contact All and One Acupuncture in Portland at (503) 281-6909 for a free consultation on how acupuncture can support your athletic training or address your sports related injuries.

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