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Do You Suffer From Premenstrual Syndrome?

Trigger Point Therapy can help relieve symptoms. Find out more below...

If you are someone who is experiencing or has previously experienced premenstrual syndrome also commonly referred to as PMS; you would be well aware of the pain and discomfort that is often associated.

But did you know; a muscle located in the inner thigh could be one of the culprits for this pelvic cramping and aching?

The adductor muscles are a group of muscles that line our inner thigh; located in between our hamstrings and quadriceps groups. Adductor magnus is just one of them and lies deep along the inside aspect; originating on the pubis, ischium and ischial tuberosity of the pelvis and inserting onto the linea aspera of the femur. Its primary function is to adduct the leg towards the body, similarly because of the size and location it often considered to be a part of the hamstring group, helping in extension of the leg.

Trigger points or muscle “knots” are sensitive spots found in soft tissue and are sometimes described as a micro cramp. Throughout the body each muscle has potential trigger points; the adductor magnus has three common ones.

Now, what causes these trigger points?

Certain events or activities may have the ability to active and reactive latent trigger points, for example; slipping on ice, running or walking uphill, sitting in a fixed position for extended periods of time, sexual intercourse and hormonal changes that are associated with PMS.

Those suffering from adductor magnus trigger points may experience pain in various areas; the groin, vagina, rectum, pelvis and the medial side of the thigh. This pain can be highlighted during sexual intercourse, PMS cramping and cause a reduced range of motion when completing active or passive movements. Sometimes pain can arise spontaneously and is usually experienced as a sharp pain.

Manual therapy can be used to help treat these trigger points and reduce discomfort associated with PMS but everyday activities and events.

If you suffer from pain associated with PMS, don't delay, book a time below.

Article written by Sharni Chapman (Remedial Massage Therapist)

References taken from: Perry, L., 2015, Healthline Media Inc,. 2005-2019, Ingraham, P., Taylor, T., 2019, Perry, L., 2015

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