Quadriceps tendonitis or quadriceps tendon injury treatment using cupping. Helps remove congestion and blockages, improves circulation, stretches scar tissue, muscles and fascia. Cupping has been used for thousands of years and is still practiced throughout the world and routinely practiced in TCM to heal injuries. Quadriceps tendon injury can be as a result of direct trauma to the muscle or tendon or after a forceful contraction of the muscle…usually an eccentric contraction while coming down onto the leg when jumping. It can also be due to overuse of the quadriceps tendon from too much running or over training. This has really helped my patients get better much faster. Can do cupping for 5-10 minutes with or without movement.
Hey guys, this is Manu Kalia, physical therapist and Ayurveda herbalist. So I’m going to show you something pretty cool to treat quadriceps tendonitis issues and I use this a lot with my patients. We’re going to do some cupping, and cupping is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncturists use it is used by a lot of different health practitioners throughout the world. It is very effective for improving circulation to the local tissue. It opens up and removes blockages, removes stagnation and congestion in a tissue as well as promotes circulation to that area. If you have stagnation and blockages that are remo
ved and you have better circulation to the tissue, the tissue is going to heal better.
Second thing it does is the suction that holds the tissues up and separates layers, so stretching the tissues – different layers of muscles, fascia and connective tissue get stretched as well. It’s a great way to get at that quadriceps tendon.
I like to use an herbal oil first to massage the tissue first. I get right in that area and massage that area, and I’ve also shown some cross friction massage techniques in the past in some of the other videos that help to break down scar tissue and adhesions that form all along that quadriceps tendon. Remember that it sits just above your kneecap and that’s where a lot of times people get these injuries. If you come down too hard while you’re jumping and runners also often get these quadriceps tendon issues due to overuse, or due to a forceful landing of the leg causing a strain or micro-tears in the tendon, that develops into a tendonitis or tendinosis or irritation of the tendon.
So after doing your cross friction massage techniques I’ll use cupping. You have to pick the right size cup from the setdepending on the size of your leg and your thigh muscle. I’m going to place it right above the knee here and I’m going to suction that straight up. As you can see, it pulls that skin right up. I’m doing it in this partially bent position. You can also do it with the leg straight too. So it works quite well, and if you notice I’m trying to pull that up and it doesn’t really come off. Here’s my kneecap and it’s stretching out all those fibers.
Now, you can leave it there in static position. Just leave it there for five to 10 minutes and it stretches all the tissues and opens up channels there. But the other thing I like to do sometimes with my patients is that I like to put the cup on and then I like to have them do some movement. Gentle movement back and forth as they’re moving while it’s maintaining that pull there. Now, we’re not doing any squatting or loading of that tendon. We’re just doing gentle oscillations and movement to see if we can promote circulation there while we’re stretching it also and relieving that tension there.So I’ll just have them do 10, 15, 20, 30 times, moving back and forth, and then we’ll just leave it there for about five to 10 minutes to stretch the tissues.
After you do that, follow with heat. So I always use heat. I don’t use ice. My patients put heat there. You can also do a warm water soak with Epsom salt, baking soda, even ginger water sometimes. Depending on the condition, I’ll use various combinations. So, great way to do that, and you can remove the suction by pulling this up. You can see a little bit of that redness there. You can get some redness in that tissue where you’re doing that. Obviously, be cautious first time you use the cups. Don’t suction it too tight and make sure that your skin is not too sensitive. If you have thin skin, if you’re diabetic, and if you have open wounds or a cut, don’t do the cupping. And first time you’re doing it, don’t pull it up too tight. Test it out five minutes or so and then see how it does.
Like I said, you can have a little redness and usually some people get more red than others depending on the severity of the condition and how much congestion or blockage is going on in that area, and it can last a couple of days sometimes or even a little bit longer but it should go away. And so do it every other day or two in between your cupping sessions, so you can do it every other day or every two days and then do that again for about five to 10 minutes.
It’s an awesome technique. I love it and I use it for a lot of my patients and it works great with these conditions. I use it with tons of runners and it works really well.
So if you have any questions, leave a comment. Thanks.