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Pain Relief for the Thigh

Body Region: Thigh (Upper leg)
Conditions Associated with TPs: Overuse, over exercise, trauma, Sprain / Strain
General Symptoms: Painful muscles in the region, Weakness in kicking the leg forward, Pain or discomfort on walking or running
Common Causal Activities: Over exercise or trauma
Anatomy Picture:

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Anterior Leg . . . . . . . . . . . Posterior Leg

Self Care:

For the front of the leg sit on the floor or in a chair with the painful leg out in front on a ledge, stool or pillow. Use the double thumb post or a raised knuckle to press into the TP. Use the other hand to help press the treating hand into the TP. On the outside of the leg use a hooked fingers technique while pulling with both hands. Using a hooked tool is good. See Detailed Instructions. If you can bend enough to do it you can place your elbow on the TP and lean into it for many on the front of the leg.

For the back of the leg, sit in the same position but use a tennis ball for therapy by placing it under the thigh where there are TPs and then placing your hands on top of the thigh and pressing the leg down onto the tennis ball. If there is no tennis ball you can use your fist under your leg.

Therapist Care: The double thumb post is good. Use a hand tool with a broad tip if you can to save your fingers. Use your elbow with the other hand guiding and controlling the placement. You can use your forearm in a rocking motion across the muscles in the leg. Stand beside the patient. Place the down side of your forearm across the muscle. Clasp your hands together for support and power. Slowly roll laterally across the muscle until the patient tells you there is a TP. Continue this process throughout the muscle to save your hands and thumbs.
Special Notes: This area of the body seems to be able to have many subclinical (below the pain threshold) TPs that a person is unaware of unless they are exercising.

 

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