Gluteal Muscles



For most people it is actually not the bigger gluteal muscles that need foam rolling the most, but the much small and deeper muscles such as the piriformis and gemellus muscles. The sciatic nerve runs under these muscles and when they get tight they can irritate the nerve causing pain and discomfort, which often radiates into the leg as sciatica. Most foam rollers find it hard to target these muscles, but the central ridges of the manta roller fit perfectly between the hip and pelvic bones to target these deep muscles allowing for better muscle tone and nerve health. 

However, if you are prone to suffering with ITB problems then foam rolling specifically for the gluteus maximus can be useful as the lower quarter blends into the IT band and can contribute to tension in that region.