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Written by Megan Eckenrode

Hip Flexor/Quadriceps Release Technique

Props Used

  • Power Systems High Density Foam Roller (Large Shown)

What are typical overactive/tight hip flexors?

  • Rectus Femoris (One of the 4 Quads)
  • Tensor Fasica Latae (TFL) – Small muscle located on the lateral side of the upper thigh


Brief outline of the Rectus Femoris
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Illustration of the Pelvis/Thigh Individual Muscles
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Common Dysfunction

The muscles of the hip flexors often become very tight and over active over time. This can be caused from a number of movement patterns that can create improper mechanics over time. One common dysfunction is created from sitting for long extended periods of time, say working at your computer desk all day. Over time the hip flexors become tightened and short which can create instability in the pelvis. When the hip flexors become tight, the lower abdominals and glute structures are compromised.

Common Symptons of Dysfunction

  • Individuals often have burning sensation or discomfort in the hips when performing sit ups or leg lifts
  • Can present lower back pain
  • Can present in knee pain
  • Cam present pain, discomfort, and tightness in the neck

Purpose of the Hip Flexor/Quadriceps Release Technique

  • Release the hip flexors as the facilitators in order to access the other structural systems that are inhibited in performing their intended functionality
  • Follow up release with proper activation and strengthening exercises as prescribed by your Corrective Exercise Specialist