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Meet the Deep Lateral Rotators

Learn more about these often cranky muscles.


The DLR are often the root cause of pain in the sacroiliac region. These are the muscles that usually induce complaints and pain when worked. The most irritating of the six is the piriformis. The sciatic nerve runs through or under the piriformis muscle and if a person’s piriformis is too tight, it can lead to pinching and sciatica-like symptoms in the affected leg.

The deep lateral rotators are a group of six small muscles of the hip which all externally (laterally) rotate the femur in the hip joint. It consists of the following muscles: Piriformis, gemellus superior, obturator internus, gemellus inferior, quadratus femoris and the obturator externus. They are deep to the gluteal muscles and can only be accessed by working through the gluteal muscles or around the greater trochanter.


Do you suffer from sciatica-like pain? Are your glutes and hips "tight"? Do you feel tension or pressure in your low back? Schedule a massage and we can work on reducing the hypertonicity in these muscles and give you the relief you seek. This is especially important for runners, walkers and anyone who does a lot of sitting for extended periods of time.


Additional Resources: 3D video of deep lateral rotators Visible Body Blog: DLR Stretches to release the piriformis

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