+Donna Martin
Nov 112012

What pain and symptoms are associated with the gracilis muscle?

Pain pattern of the gracilis muscle

The gracilis muscle is known for a constant burning pain on the inside of the upper thigh.

  • Hot stinging pain under the skin on the inside of the thigh
  • Pain is constant even at rest, changing position does not subside pain

Where is the gracilis muscle?

It attaches to the pubic bone, travels down the inside of the thigh and connects to the shin bone.

What movements do the gracilis control?

  • Twists the knee in toward the body
  • Moves the thigh inward toward the body
  • Assists in bending the knee

Activities that cause gracilis muscle pain and symptoms:

  • Sitting with legs crossed for long periods of time
  • Horseback riding
  • Skiing
  • Slipping or a misstep
  • Doing the splits

Interesting facts about the gracilis muscle:

  • It is the second longest muscle in the body.
  • Tissue is taken from the  gracilis for reconstructive surgery.
  • It lies immediately under the skin.

Clinical diagnoses to which this muscle symptoms may contribute:

Gracilis Muscle Anatomy

You use the gracilis muscle when you twist your knee inward toward the other leg, pull your thigh inward, and when you bend the knee.

  • Hip joint disease
  • Sprain/Strain of the thigh or knee
  • Pulled groin
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pubic Stress symphysitis
  • Obturator Nerve Entrapment

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the gracilis muscle:

Satellite trigger point:  Sartorius

Affected Organ Systems: Reproductive and Urinary Systems

For gracilis anatomy information see: Gracilis Muscle Anatomy: Origin, Insertion, Actions and Innervation

Warm Therapy Gel For Groin Pain

Sombra Warm Therapy Gel provides pain relief.

Sombra Warm Therapy Pain Relieving Gel is a pain relieving gel that I use both personally and in my massage therapy practice. It provides warmth without burning heat and is great for relieving pain.  Applying Sombra can help reduce pain and tightness.  I recommend Sombra for chronic pain and injuries over a week old. If you have recently pulled or strained the groin, I recommend Biofreeze below.

Cold Therapy Gel For Groin Injury

Biofreeze is recommended for recent muscle injury

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel is an excellent pain relieving gel and I recommend it for those who have sudden onset muscle pain or recent injuries.  It is better to use than warm therapy gels and creams for muscle pain caused by inflammation as it cools the area much like ice. A recent study showed that Biofreeze decreased pain 2 times more than ice and the pain relief lasts 9 – 10 longer. If  your pain is from a recent injury I would recommend Biofreeze. This is excellent to use on sprain and strained groin muscles. Many prefer the coolness of Biofreeze to treat the burning sting of gracilis muscle pain.

Cold And Warm Pack For Gracilis Muscle

Thigh or Quad Ice Wrap by Active Wrap 
The  Thigh or Quad Ice Wrap by Active Wrap can be used for warm or cold therapy. I like this pack because it can be adjusted and can be worn while you are up and moving. If you have chronically tight muscles the inside of the thigh I suggest using this for heat. However, if the pain is caused from a recent injury I always recommend cold for 20 minute several times a day.  Remember if you are using cold therapy to only apply for 20 minutes per hour to avoid tissue damage.



Trigger Point Self Treatment Massage Technique For Gracilis Groin Injuries

The Trigger Point Workbook can help you resolve muscle pain throughout your body.

Do you know that small knots in the gracilis muscle can cause constant burning pain on the inside of the thigh?

This constant pain can be annoying and if it lasts over time it can affect your life. If you have this unresolved pain  I  recommend that you purchase Claire Davies The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief. Mr. Davies explains the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language.  But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain,  how to find the trigger point and treat it. He also provides stretching and strengthening exercises for each muscle.  It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body.  If you have this unresolved burning pain on the inside of  your thigh you may want to learn about the trigger point in the gracilis  muscle to help you resolve your pain. This book is a must have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.

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