The Vital Glutes

Author and respected bodywork specialist John Gibbons looks at one of the most neglected areas of the body: the gluteal muscles. The Vital Glutes takes you on a fascinating journey of enlightenment, teaching the reader to recognize pain and dysfunctional patterns that arise from the gluteal muscles.

Questions answered in the book include: Why are the glutes potentially causing pain and dysfunction to distant sites of the body? How does the gait pattern contribute to pain and dysfunction? And, how can the application of gluteal specific Muscle Energy Techniques aid full body wellbeing? In addition to tackling such questions this book also offers the reader step-by-step tasks to identify and correct a number of dysfunctional patterns, and functional gluteal exercises in order to aid recovery.

JOHN GIBBONS is a qualified and registered osteopath with the British General Osteopathic Council, specialising in the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries. Having lectured in the fields of sports medicine and physical therapy for over twelve years, John delivers advanced therapy training to qualified professionals within a variety of sports via his company, the John Gibbons Bodymaster Method ( His articles on various aspects of physical therapy have appeared in many international publications. He is the author of Muscle Energy Techniques: A Practical Guide for Therapists, published by Lotus Publishing and North Atlantic Books.

Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; List of Abbreviations; Putting the Maximus Back into Gluteus Maximus; Muscle Imbalance and the Myofascial Slings; The Glutes and the Gait Cycle; Leg Length Discrepancy and Over-Pronation—the Effect on the Glutes; Functional Anatomy of the Gluteus Maximus; Functional Anatomy of the Gluteus Medius; Muscle Energy Techniques; The Antagonistic Cause—the Vital Iliopsoas, Rectus Femoris, and Adductors; Gmax and Gmed Causing Knee and Ankle Pain; Gmax and Gmed Causing Lumbar Spine Pain; Differential Diagnosis of Weakness Inhibition of the Glutes; Gmax and Gmed Stabilization Exercises; Appendix: Gmax and Gmed Stabilization Exercise Sheet; Bibliography; Index


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