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Stretching for Relief and Rehabilitation - Quadriceps

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Quadriceps Trigger Points

Quadriceps - Common Trigger Point Sites


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. 

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.


Quadriceps Trigger Point Stretch



• 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

Primary muscles

Rectus femoris. Vastus medialis, lateralis, and intermedius.

Secondary muscles

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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This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 



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