Don’t ignore your minor muscles. As David Kent, LMT, NCTMB writes in Massage Today, “Sometimes it is the smallest of muscles that can create the most servere types of pain.”
Below are some other smaller muscles with major functions.
You’ve probably heard of the gluteus maximus (the muscle in your buttocks), but you may not know about the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Situated near your hips, the gluteus minimus helps maintain balance while standing on one leg. It also holds and rotates the thigh and hip, and is usually exerted in dancing.
Yoga courses often teach the importance of the psoas muscle, which connects the lower back to the thigh, pulling the thigh and torso to each other. Without enough physical activity, this muscle can tighten, pulling the lower vertebrae forward when you stand up, and resulting in the overarching of the lower back.
A critical minor muscle in shoulder abduction, the supraspinatus is also responsible for shoulder stability. This muscle is associated with shoulder impingement syndrome, a precursor to the muscle’s inflammation. It’s also prone to weakness from long desk job hours, compromising the muscle’s capabilities.
Small muscles must receive as much care as the bigger ones to restore balance and function. Locals who may be experiencing pains in various parts of the body can rely on Denver massage therapists to work on virtually all known muscles, and excel at various types of localized massages like myofacial release, craniosacral therapy, and deep tissue manipulation.
By resolving the pain as quickly as possible, massage therapy can avert more complicated health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, and low back pain. Physical therapy services such as Berkeley Community Acupuncture and Massage Therapy have a team of professionals ready to assist locals in identifying the source of the pain and addressing it with a healing massage in Denver.
(Source: “Little Muscles Can Create Big Pain,” Massage Today, November 1, 2014)