Reasons for Working the Quadriceps (front of the legs)

The quads are one part of the body i would consider one of the least attended to by massage therapists. Some clients have come to me after years of getting massages and are surprised the attention I give to their quadriceps. The quadriceps are largest group of muscles in the body which start at the front of the legs stretching down to the knees in charge of pulling out legs forward. Any massage therapist about a workers are told to do one of two things in school: One, being simply roll over the area using the standard Swedish stroke and ignore any final details in the tissue. Or two, to overdo it and simply take what should be at 10 to 7 minutes stop for the entire leg during a standard full body massage and totally focus on the area depriving the client of more work elsewhere. You will find that the pain and you're going to need to attend to focus as requested it or if you allow me to work in independent fashion or I find the need I will tend to check these areas on a regular basis.

 

Muscles as large as these require good massage and bodywork therapists to there take this and whether they develop and Haitians which is a simple way of saying on the muscles get stuck together. One large muscles like these kids took together a given performance reduced range of motion and cause unnecessary strain and pain to the major joints around them in this case more most heavily impacting the knees and hips. Another way of looking at it for those of you who are runners are weightlifters is when the quadriceps start to stick to the I. T. band. If any of you have ever used a phone call or to release the pressure on your IT band incredibly painful it is and how time-consuming it can be to replace this area. 

 

This is one of the major reasons why I have decided to move into vacuum therapy instead of traditional stretching and athletic training specialties. Back in therapy along with me to work inside the quadriceps to release muscles that are stuck together and also more effective and releasing the IT band from the quadriceps taking pressure of the knees and hips and using a foam roller alone. Another bright spot in this case is that unlike foam rollers using back in therapy classes very little pain or discomfort as a matter fact it feels quite good. 

 

Do any of you recognize the feeling of pain in the knees or take this in the pelvis or even difficult to get a chair the skit on the indications of tightness in the quadriceps and IT band. So if any of you were having problems in any of those weekends consider bringing it up during the start of your next session. Whether you see me or another professional it is worth your time to ask him to take a better look at the tissue to make sure it's functioning in performing at its best. I actually build some of my earliest clientele during the spring months for those who were athletes running marathons. Right around April Fools' Day I would start getting calls from my marathoners these people were making the transition from exercising on the treadmill indoors to running outside on pavement or on gravel. I would begin by asking them to show up for an initial seasonal assessment of their bodies range of motion and strength. After that the athletic conditioning would begin in a calendar rotation going all the way up until their first series of events so their massages would be spread out over the course of a period of time and each session would have a specific goal in mind and benchmarks for improvement going up to the start of the event season. 

Also correct people to schedule a session right before the race and within two days after he races complete this would give me time to monitor areas like the knees hips and IT bands because the quadriceps or such an important part of the runners ability to take pressure off of other parts of the body like the low back and ankles with goal being to “share” impact in more areas of the body then to continuously cause irritation points in the body causing pain and perhaps future degeneration of major joints.

I hope that this hasn't spread the topic out to widely for you but simply giving you a starting point to ask questions or find yourself some of what was covered in this post. If you have questions about your specific case I would suggest contacting me on Snapchat or through email and if there is time perhaps even a short telephone consultation that doesn't matter if you're right here in Minneapolis Minnesota or across the world.

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A word on Hypermobility

Do you have Hypermobility? This condition used to be A fun parlor trick when you were a kid being able to do something you could show your friends that might even gross them a little bit but now you're in adult so what do you do with it now? Where there was an interesting article in an industry trade magazine I recently came across by Mary Biancalana called MYOFASCIAL PAIN & DYSFUNCTION in which she discusses how her technique has led her to a better understanding the role of hypermobility syndrome in some people's health concerns. I wanted to take a moment to briefly summarize her article and talk about it in the context of how it works within my bodywork.

Mary started her career working with a special form of myofascial release and it has blossomed over the years into a very well-known practice in Chicago. She also takes part in an industry trade group which promotes and educate people on myofascial release. In layman's terms she is basically studying the connective tissue do it is in each and everyone of our bodies and how it impacts out health. They have been several recent studies which indicate that people that feel tightness in the muscles may be getting that sensation because the connective tissue to has recently been found to respond to stimulus in other words this tissue is also a sensory organ within the body much like our skin is on the outside. Her theory coincides with the generally excepted thought that the urge to stretch and the feeling of tightness within the body that makes us want to stretch is actually a lack of stimulus message from connective tissue. So now you might ask what does this have to do with Hyermobility? Some individuals that have hypermobile areas may actually complain of chronic tightness in other parts of the body and though there are many different kinds of connective tissue disorders hypermobility can be one of the most noticeable and in this case could indicate why people who are hypermobile have tightness feelings greater than those who do not even know it's not in the area where they may have hypermobility issues. There's also been a lot of controversy recently as to the purpose of stretching and if all of this yoga and other stretching regiments are even useful and lengthening muscle or relieving pain. What this article does so well in technical terms is explained to therapist why hypermobility is painful for people and some things I can do to help relieve the pain.

So now let's talk for a moment about what I can do to help those of you with hypermobile joints: 

1. Providing compression to those areas surrounding the hypermobile joints.

2. Have an open dialogue with me about your pain level other parts of the body during a massage session.

3. Encourage active breathing relaxation techniques to allow the nervous system to relax and to relieve tight areas as they are being worked out.

4. During the session help actively and passively stretch muscles throughout the body. 

This is yet another article that indicates home my massage techniques are integrated into each other and that one particular technique is not always the best answer for everyone. Whether you come onto my table for athletic conditioning, rehabilitation, or relaxation my massage and bodywork is complete and to your goals in a way that works with your body. If you have questions about this block please feel free to leave comments or contact me directly by email as listed on my website. www.tonyschwartzbodywork.com 

Legal Disclaimer: Due to the litigious nature of many people I am forced to issue this statement: Any information contained within blogs, websites, postings, or news articles suggestions which I make to be open for interpretation that if you believe it may fit a concern or medical problem you may be having or suspect that you may have that you discuss it with your qualified healthcare practitioner including your physician. I do not take responsibility in any way for any content provided to you that you choose to act on without talking to a medical doctor or other qualified medical practitioner with legal standing of authority. You are free to act on any information from any source that you choose of which the consequences are your responsibility.