Gluteus Minimus

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Ilium to Greater Trochanter.

Outer surface of the ilium, between the anterior and inferior gluteal lines, and the edge of the greater sciatic notch.


Greater trochanter of the femur.

The superior gluteal nerve is a nerve that originates in the pelvis and supplies the gluteus medius, the gluteus minimus, and the tensor fasciae latae muscles. Wiki


Abducts thigh.

Works in concert with gluteus medius: abduction of the hip; preventing adduction of the hip. Medial rotation of thigh.

Innervation – Nerve control

Superior gluteal nerve L4, 5, S1).


Superior gluteal artery.

The superior gluteal artery is the largest branch of the internal iliac artery, and appears to be the continuation of the posterior division of that vessel. It is a short artery which runs backward between the lumbosacral trunk and the first sacral nerve, and, passing out of the pelvis above the upper border of the piriformis muscle, immediately divides into a superficial and a deep branch. Wiki

Antagonist muscles

Lateral rotator group.

The lateral rotator group is 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. Wiki

Pictures of muscles


Trigger Point Referrals


Stretching description








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