Stretching for Relief and Rehabilitation - Quadriceps
Standing stretch for the Quads - Stuart Hinds
Left untreated, quadriceps trigger points can result in more serious injury
The quadriceps muscles have a significant impact on pelvic rotation (anterior), kneecap tracking, and knee positioning.
Shortness of the quadriceps can ultimately influence head and neck positioning, cause knee pain, and affect foot and ankle movement.
Trigger points make their host muscles shorter and less efficient. Left untreated, these trigger points can result in more serious injury.
Stretching can help dissipate trigger points and may prevent latent trigger points from becoming active.
If you're not used to stretching or haven't exercised in a while, make sure to take advice from a suitably trained professional before starting.
The following stretch can also be used very effectively either alongside or in place of the standing stretch shown in the video above.
Always start slowly, and ease into the stretch.
Note: If you are suffering from knee pain or from a knee injury, avoid this stretch. This position and the stretch will place pressure on the knee joint.
• Kneel on the ground
• Sit back so that your legs are under your buttocks
• Then slowly lean backwards and lean on your forearms for support
Rectus femoris. Vastus medialis, lateralis, and intermedius.
Iliacus. Psoas major.
Injury where stretch may be useful
Hip flexor strain. Avulsion fracture in the pelvic area. Osteitis pubis. Iliopsoas tendonitis. Trochanteric bursitis. Quadriceps strain. Quadriceps tendonitis. Patellofemoral pain syndrome. Patellar tendonitis. Subluxing kneecap.
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