The muscles of the week are the Quadriceps. There are 4 muscles that make up the Quadricep group: and they are the Rectus Femoris, Vastus Lateralis, Vastus Intermedius, Vastus Medialis.
The Rectus Femoris is located in the middle of the thigh and covers a large proportion of the other 3 Quadricep muscles. The Vastus Lateralis is located on the outer side of the thighthe lateral side of the femur (outside of the thigh). The Vastus Medialis is on the inner side of the thigh bone medial side of the femur (inside of the thigh). Finally the Vastus Intermedius which lies on top of the thigh bone in between the other Vastus muscles femur lying in-between the vastus lateralis and medialis.
The Femur is the longest bone in the body and runs from the ilium at the pelvis to the knee. The movement the Quadriceps muscles are extension of the knee. This movement is crucial for walking, running and jumping. The Rectus Femoris also brings the knee to the chest (flexes the hip) as it is attached to the ilium on the pelvis is a hip flexor due to it being attached to the ilium.
The Quadricep group also play a big role in stabilising the knee particularly the Vastus Medialis works the hardest in stabilising the knee.
A common stretch for all of the Quadricep muscles, is to stand on one leg and bring the heel of your foot to your bottom making sure to keep your knees together . Placing your hand on your foot pulling your foot closer to your bottom will increase the stretch. This may be contraindicated if you have knee trouble.
If your Quadriceps don’t respond to being stretched you may need a massage, please book an appointment, or give us a call.