Qaudriceps transverse friction massage

Transverse friction massage for patellar tendon

Transverse friction massage for the patellar tendon

A quadriceps lesion can occur at different localisations:

  1. muscle belly
  2. tenoperiosteal aspect supra- and infrapatellar
  3. tenoperiosteal aspect parapatellar medial and/or lateral

In this video I show you a practical illustration on how to perform the transverse friction massage for the medial and lateral parapatellar aspect.

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Friction massage parapatellar expansion quadriceps

For the left knee, the right thumb pushes the patella in a medial direction.   The left hand is in supination ; the ring finger, reinforced by the middle finger, exerts a forward pressure on the back of the patella.


The deep friction is the normal execution, i.e. a reserve of skin in a cranial direction, then pressure is applied, the active phase is a caudal movement with pressure in an anterior direction.  It is an arm, not a finger movement.  The forearm remains parallel to the patient’s leg.  For practical reasons, the deep friction is done in a caudal and not in a cranial direction.


 Quadriceps parapatellar expansion transverse friction massage

Supra-infra patellar tendon friction massage

Suprapatellar : the distal half of the patella is pushed in a posterior direction, so as to make the proximal part tilt forwards, which makes it easier to reach the lesion.  The deep friction is the normal execution with the ring finger, reinforced by the middle finger, using the thumb  more distally as a fulcrum.  The pressure is applied towards the toes.


Since the lesion lies tenoperiosteally, there is contact with the muscle and the bone at the same time.

Infrapatellar : now, the upper half of the patella is pushed posteriorly.  The deep friction is the same as above.


Quadriceps supra patellar transverse friction massage

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