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How to treat a strain of the Rectus Femoris (Quadricep) muscle using Kinesiology Tape

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http://www.johngibbonsbodymaster.co.uk/courses/kinesiology-taping-for-the-athlete-masterclass/ John Gibbons is a sports Osteopath and a lecturer for the 'Bodymaster Method ®' and in this video he is demonstrating how to apply Kinesiology Tape for a patient that presents with a strain of the Rectus Femoris muscle. Want to learn how to apply Kinesiology Tape and other Physical Therapy CPD Courses then look on http://www.johngibbonsbodymaster.co.uk John is also the Author of the highly successful book and Amazon No 1 best seller, called 'Muscle Energy Techniques, a practical guide for physical therapists'. John has also written 2 more books, one is called 'A Practical Guide for Kinesiology Taping Techniques' and this comes with a complimentary DVD and the other book is called; 'Vital Glutes, connecting the gait cycle to pain and dysfunction'. These 2 books are available to buy now through my website http://www.johngibbonsbodymaster.co.uk/books/ or from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk John now offers Advanced Training in all aspects of Sports Medicine to already qualified therapists in manual therapy to 'Diploma' Level. You need to have attended all of his Physical Therapy Courses before the diploma is awarded. His venue is based at the idylic venue of Oxford University, home of the first four-minute mile by Roger Bannister.
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Alok Vernekar (2 months ago)
I have pain in the origin, so is the insertion same? Thanks
Elias Alonzo (3 months ago)
How long does take to go away
Elias Alonzo (2 months ago)
Went to my doctor she took scans so signs of anything broken and it's been three weeks going away a little what kind of excerzes can I do?
John Gibbons (2 months ago)
It will depend on the grade of the strain as a minimal soft tissue injury can take 2-3 weeks to heal. Regards JG
Izaak (7 months ago)
I can control that muscle in a weird way, is that normal?
John Gibbons (7 months ago)
Izaak hard to say without actually seeing the muscle contract. Regards JG 😊
William Richardson (9 months ago)
Dr. Gibbons....thanks for the video. I'm a senior who plays lots of pickelball. I've recently strained my RF resulting in a small lump in the center of my left thigh. I'd like to continue playing while using your tape suggestion but will I continue to aggravate the RF and create a chronic problem? Any treatment advice would be greatly appreciated.
Matt Gray (1 year ago)
do all rectus femoris tears require surgery?
Mexican Gamer101 (1 year ago)
When I bend my knee it hurts and I have a bump on my thigh. Where do you get that tape
carlos pacheco (1 year ago)
I have some muscle pain on the area you placed the blue after i kick the ball and i had to left the game, i went to play again a week later and i felt the same sharp pain and i had to leave the game again, how long a im supposed to rest to be able to play again?
the native boss tnb (1 year ago)
how long after do we have to apply? I strained my knee and starting from now it's been 4 days.
Its Jozy (1 year ago)
Hi, I Feel pain at this place and use you taping Method Tomorrow for a very important soccer Match i Hope it would help. Greetings Joana B.
John Gibbons (1 year ago)
Thats ok and i hope the technique helped, Regards JG
Its Jozy (1 year ago)
oh and sorry for my bad english
Alanna Ballew (1 year ago)
I am pretty sure you can find good solutions on Unflexal workouts, great for health :)
Rene Flores (1 year ago)
Hi doctor I play soccer and about a month I started to get a pain in my right quadricep and when I play 25-35 min. I get a sting in my groin every time I kick the ball i went to get it messaged 2 time already and iv stayed away from playing but I noticed one day when I was laying down that when I bent my leg a ball formed towards the center of my thigh and a hole up towards my groin do you thing it my be inflammation or a strain ?
Carol gully (1 year ago)
Thank you for this. I increased my running speed too much last week. I can barely run now with out a stabbing pain exactly where the pink and black tape cross over. Can a person with a small strain run at a slower pace if taped like shown? ( just a slow walk /run 5k. )
Khairul Dynamic (2 years ago)
i have the same pain on the same spot on this video. thanks for the video it is really helpfull :)
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
Thanks for the comments and pleased you found the video helpful
coopertrooper (2 years ago)
no point asking questions. cause without seeing the patient he cannot suggest anything
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
Thanks for the message and I perfectly agree with you....
Jucker (2 years ago)
Hi Jhon , my muscle ruptured a little in the quad strain its been a long time , Now he didn't Hurt Me But if i did a Mouvement i feel the pain for a 4 sec and he's gone , how long did take The muscle to recover ? , the ice can asembly the muscle ? Can u Give Me Some Tips Please ? Thank u
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
Difficult for me to comment without looking at you if honest, i suggest seeing someone like me where you live as sure they can be of assistance. Sounds like you have adhesions/scar tissue within the muscle and needs some soft tissue therapist to perform some techniques like ART (active release techniques). Good luck, JG
PadraicD (2 years ago)
Hi john I have an extremely bad pain around the same as the patient here. I got it when playing a football match kicking the ball as hard as I could at and awkward angle. I immediately pulled up and went to ground I could walk for 2 minutes. But now I can walk but can't lift my leg sidewards without severe pain or else I can't lift it. Could you possibly help me thanks
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
I am happy to have a look at you and I am based in oxford as not much I can do for you without looking at the area of pain...
Daniel Carrigy (2 years ago)
Hi John, if you feel pain at both the top and bottom of the quad can you put the cross pattern at both ends?
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
Yes you can but maybe get someone to have a look at you as it might be a nerve issue rather than a muscular pain you are experiencing
Metalpazallteway (2 years ago)
Hello Mr. Gibbons, I have a question I recently about a month and half ago I suffered a inner quad strain or tear I don't know exactly. Although, when I received the injury from a low soccer ball game pass I noticed how quickly my quad muscle turned to blue blackish color in the center of the quad. Every time I would I lay on the bed ever so just lifted the right quad slightly, a protuberance came about at the quad near the hip and a dent appeared in the center of the quad leaving me unable to flex the muscle properly. Presently, I still have the dent near the center of the quad, the protuberance of the unknown muscle eased up but the sting, in the center of the dented quad, while trying to even want to lift the leg or lightly jog, is still there. Due to not having insurance I wasn't able to be covered so I did not make an appointment with a doctor. What can be done for therapy for the dented muscle?
Metalpazallteway (2 years ago)
That's very good to hear... How long did the doc tell you to wait before hitting the field?
MTM.MEDIA (2 years ago)
Metalpazallteway surgery just got done this morning everything went good now time to rest and recover slowly and hopefully get back on the field without any pain anymore !
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
Good luck, regards JG
Metalpazallteway (2 years ago)
Let me know how the surgery goes and how long it takes you to recover Emanuel. I'm still stuck on the whole process even after foreign country therapy. 😰
MTM.MEDIA (2 years ago)
I got the exact same thing. It's been 2 years now and therapy didn't help. The pain would come back and I finally got an MRI. Expecting surgery in 2 weeks hopefully the recovery process goes well.
lani t (2 years ago)
Dear Mr. Gibbons, I am currently a student in high school. Three days ago, my teacher decided to incorporate squats into our workout. My left knee had been having incredibly joint pains but it was left untreated and still is. I could not use my left leg to stand up during a squat, so I transferred all of my weight onto my right leg during the squats. After 5 minutes they began to feel sore but that was normal. I went to bed and the next morning I couldn't walk. Straightening, bending and just using the muscle at the knees and the front of my leg would kill me, and walking up and down the stairs was like taking a stab to my body with every step. I have to do the squats along with many other workouts on Tuesday, in two days. However I am still a terrible amount of pain. Massaging it hasn't helped, and neither has ice. What do you suggest I do? My PE teacher does not take excuses unless I have an extreme excuse. How much longer will I be in pain? Please reply ASAP. Thank you so much.
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
+Lani T Thanks for the message and it sounds like a Patella Femoral Joint issue you have and sounds like it is inflamed and more than likely the reason you have got the pain is probably due to your incorrect technique performing the squat and also you might have weak Gluteals muscles that can't stabilise the knee during the bending motion. I would see someone like me to guide you on the right path and short term avoid the squats as it wont really improve........Good luck, regards JG
TheWill1999 (2 years ago)
Hi John, yesterday i strained my quad after suddenly taking off while playing cricket. The injury only seems to be minor as it has healed quite a bit today although i still cannot run properly on it without it starting to hurt again. Will applying some of this tape help ease the pain? Thanks
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
+TheWill1999 I would try the technique as I am sure it will help, it wont be the answer to the underlying issue but I am sure it will reduce some of your symptoms, good luck! Regards JG
fvn1975 (2 years ago)
Hello Mr. Gibbons.  On last New Year day after I got off my stationary exercise bike I felt the pain on my let leg quadricepts about thirty minutes later.  I didn't feel any pain while I was on the bike.  I felt a numb in the middle part of the rectus femoris.  I have been taken ibuprofen pain pill.  My doctor didn't think I had a tear; otherwise I would have felt it while on the bike.  The area was swollen a bit now.  I have applied cold/ice to the area and I also applied the hot water.  I saw that with hot water. it made me feel better for a moment but it became more painful later.  So, I stop hot water treatment now.  Just wonder what is the right in home treatment and how long it will last and recovery period.  Thanks.  Victor Nguyen
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
Thats ok and hope what I have said will help but don't worry I am sure you will be ok soon. 
fvn1975 (2 years ago)
+John Gibbons Thank you.
John Gibbons (2 years ago)
+qvn1975 Not sure if it is a tear of the Rectus Femoris due to the numbness feeling - it sound like you might have irritated the Femoral nerve and these issues tend to settle down quite quickly, stretching the quads will help as it will also stretch the nerve but not to often as it is easily irritated. Good luck!
quiero filan (3 years ago)
hi John, I'm not sure what happen to my thigh.my injury happened 2 weeks ago when I was playing basketball after I tried to sprint and until now it still hurt if I bend my knee with a little pressure on it (like doing a stretching). can I use this method to my thigh ? thanks for reply
John Gibbons (3 years ago)
Hope it helps!
quiero filan (3 years ago)
+John Gibbons ok, I'll try it. Thank you for reply ^^
John Gibbons (3 years ago)
+quiero filan It is worth a try if you think you have torn the Rectus Femoris muscle. Good Luck!
Radmila Mitrovic Zakic (3 years ago)
Thanks for reply, I'll first try with K tape. Then I'll see what to do, depending of result.
Radmila Mitrovic Zakic (3 years ago)
Hi John, Before 7 years I fell from 2 meters on a sharp object on the outside of the thigh. It was a huge bruise that I treated with ice. Muscle was ruptured. Over time, the hematoma collected and calcificated. It hurt on the touch and the weather changes. A year ago, I noticed while my practicing something tightens in place of calcification. It started to hurt at night and while walking. The pain is sharp as if it cuts me with sharp razor blade or drill bits. On the ultrasound and MRI writes that there is irregular course of muscle fibers with fibrosis in m.vastus lat. What is the prognosis and whether it might help me Kinesio tape.
John Gibbons (3 years ago)
+Radmila Mitrovic Zakic If honest it might be a bit late to apply the Ktape - however it might help reduce the pain sop worth trying. Prognosis - it sounds like you have a condition called Myossistis Ossificans - whereby the bone cells have migrated into the muscle causing a calcification. It is very rare to have surgery for this condition but if they decide to operate then the ossification that is now located within the muscle fibres will need to be taken out so that means some of the muscle has to be taken out to remove the calcification. Hope that helps and good luck whatever you decide!!
Maher Alsayid (3 years ago)
Hi should I bend my knee when applying the tape? how long until it heal if there is no big bruises? my injury happened after I tried to Sprint and the pain is from the middle upward. thanks for great video
Maher Alsayid (3 years ago)
Thanks for the reply, yeah it feels like a lumb and the muscle is hard. Thank you very much
John Gibbons (3 years ago)
+Maher Alsayid I would bend the knee if you can as the tape is normally applied with muscle on stretch. In terms of healing - it depends on the severity of the tear - a minor tear only a few weeks but if it is a full thickness tear and you can physically feel a lump - then that will be potentially problematic for many months. Good luck
younes mazouki (3 years ago)
Hi doc , I feel this pain just when I want to run fast what I can do plz ?
haggler88 (4 years ago)
Not fm I meant RF.
haggler88 (4 years ago)
Hi john, I've strained my fm about a month ago and recently strained it again. I'm looking forward to purchasing this item to help me with my problem. My question is can I still stretch and do exercises? Or will the tape do the work. Thanks.
John Gibbons (4 years ago)
You can do some stretches and exercises with tape on, not sure what FM is as I was demonstrating a technique for the Rectus Femoris - RF? Good luck
Janet Doe (4 years ago)
Hi John; My 16 yo daughter is in soccer college camp today, yesterday she pulled out of a scrimmage because the inner high part of the quad was tightening.  She was being extra careful because she's been off since March with an avulsion to the rectus femoris attachment on the other leg ( all healed) so she is not in game shape.  How can I tape her today to help in keeping her from straining this other rectus?  I watched this video, do I just do the same thing but move it further inside and tape the x higher up where the pain is?  THANKS!!
John Gibbons (4 years ago)
Look at the Adductor kinesiology taping technique as that will help your daughter
Cass Sutter (4 years ago)
Hi Doctor, I have a huge tear in my rectus femoris (13cm x 4.7cm x 1.7cm) and I was wondering, I know the video says taping is for strains, but would taping be of any benefit for my tear? Thank you :)
SA A (1 year ago)
Hi Cass, hope u r quads r doing fine and kicking well now.....I just have the same tear in the rectus femoris for about 10 weeks now and pain free.. any advises on quick recovery would be appreciated...and of course 3years old comment so sorry for any inconvenience> hope I get an answer lol
Chad Parker (1 year ago)
No. Rehabilitating the torn muscle would be beneficial, not using something that has no positive research to back it up.
John Gibbons (4 years ago)
Try Rocktape or Tiger K Tape from Physique.co.uk
Cass Sutter (4 years ago)
+John Gibbons thank you! The strange thing is I am completely pain free and have full function but ultrasound has confirmed it hasn't healed at all in the last 8 weeks so I will definitely try this taping method, if not to help it then to offer support so I can return to basic exercise :) Can I ask what tape you use/recommend? Thank you, I really appreciate your advice!
John Gibbons (4 years ago)
Hi Cass, yes the taping would help off load the pain and help recovery. Its worth a try at least....
Eppur Si Muove (4 years ago)
Hello doctor, do you have any taping video for quadriceps tendonitis? I have pain right above my kneecap and lateral area. That is quadriceps tendonitis, right?
John Gibbons (4 years ago)
look at my other taping techniques on knee pain as that will help your injury
신*선 (4 years ago)
John Gibbons (4 years ago)
Glad you like the video
shane R (4 years ago)
John, thanks for the response. I will see my pt tomorrow , he is currently messaging the abductors and we are now working on 3 sets 5 reps of exercise. It has been 3 months of original injury...in your opinion what is the time of recovery...i understand everyone heals at different rates. however i am starting to get concern as it has been 3 months and i am still feeling pain in the pubic bone area ... any advise ?  again thank you, i will be having a discussion with him tommorrow regarding anterior oblique sling
shane R (4 years ago)
i did have mri pelvic region without contrast, my doc was ruling out hernias, had ultrasound as well.and X-ray to rule out pubic symphysis  he told me there was nothing he saw in mri or ulltrasound/xray. have appt with orthopedic end of the month, what test can i ask my doc for? mri with contrast pelvic? thx
John Gibbons (4 years ago)
If honest the adductor strain should have healed by now, I presume scan showed nothing on the pubic tubercle area? The inguinal ligament attaches here and that can be a source of pain as well as other structures.
shane R (4 years ago)
john ur videos are very helpful. I had adductor muscle strain possible grade 2, my pt is working on passive stretches and now starting to work on the abductor longus, how long do they take to heal and how do i know if my pt is doing the right thing, it has been 3 months since the injury .....in a lot of pain still....any help please  thanks saw an ortho surgeon did mri  but he just ruled out hernias 
John Gibbons (4 years ago)
I would ask your PT to add in 'anterior oblique sling' exercises as these will incorporate the adductors with the internal obliques on the same side and external obliques with the serratus anterior muscle. It sounds complex but the exercise is very simple if done correctly will rehab the adductors in a more functional way. Google search might help.
hi안녕 (5 years ago)
rectus femoris origin aiisok~?
John Gibbons (5 years ago)
Yes the Rectus Femoris origin is at the A.I.I.S
Andrea Roberto Cazzato (5 years ago)
Can I use the same method for muscle contracture and muscle tear?
Andrea Roberto Cazzato (5 years ago)
+John Gibbons thanks a lot...
John Gibbons (5 years ago)
Yes you can use this technique for both soft tissue issues. John 

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