Trigger Point Therapy – Treating Popliteus – Niel Asher Education
Stuart Hinds – Treating Trigger Points in Popliteus
The deep location of popliteus and it’s relatively small size, mean that it is often overlooked!
The popliteus muscle is a fairly small muscle located behind the knee. It runs from the lateral side (outside) of the femur to the medial side of the tibia, lying deep beneath the main calf muscle (gastrocnemius).
Its role is to unlock the knee just after the heel touches the ground when you are walking or running, so that you can slightly bend the knee and absorb the impact created while hitting the ground (what runner’s call the “heel strike”).
Popliteus also has an important role when running downhill as it assists the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in decelerating the femur and preventing its sliding forward on the tibia from the gravity force.
The deep location of popliteus and it’s relatively small size, mean that it is often overlooked, although those therapists who are experienced at treating runners will…
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