Quadriceps SMR

Quadriceps self-myofascial release (SMR) is a self-administered soft-tissue treatment for the lower body, usually using a foam roller, lacrosse ball, or other "trigger point" massage tool. By applying pressure strategically to the quad muscles of the upper leg, some people find they can cause this often painful and tight muscle group to relax or "release." Quadriceps SMR is often accompanied by SMR on the calf, glute, or hip muscles, or by stretches that target the calves or quads.


  1. Can encourage blood flow to the quadriceps muscles, including the vastus medialis and rectus femoris
  2. May be able to temporarily increase range of motion in the knee joints
  3. Effective as part of a warm-up or post-workout recovery
  4. Along with stretching the calves and quadriceps, some people find it can provide temporary relief from certain types of exercise-derived knee pain

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