Sunday, 14 February 2016

Myofascial release - glutes

The glutes are a set of three muscles, the gluteus maximus, medius and minimus and while it is good for these muscles to be toned, they must also be able to relax.

Glutes may become tight through running or power walking and if not released can lead to postural problems because the natural curve of the lower back becomes flattened.

Fascia is a term that refers to the connective tissue, that is tendons, ligaments, etc which run throughout the body. It connects the muscles to the bones, encloses the muscles and organs and separates muscle fibres. Fascia forms a network throughout the body, and can be likened to a spiders web connecting all parts of the body together. Myofascial release is a way of releasing tension in the fascia and because the fascia are all connected this does not necessarily have to be where the tense fascia are located.  

Here is a way in which you can release tight glutes.
Sit with your legs extended and bring your right foot onto your left leg and flex your left foot. Bring your hands behind your hips for support and bend your left knee.  Lift onto the roller and use your left foot to propel the roller over your buttock.  Repeat second side.
Alternatively, if you do not have a roller, you can release your glutes by rolling over a tennis ball.

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Hope this helps
Janet x

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