Video Tutorial #78 Dr James Stoxen DC Demonstrates Self-Help, Deep Tissue Treatment Of The Knee Popliteus Muscle


Are your knees swollen or do you haven chronic knee pain ? Do you have patella groove pain or infra patellar pain?

What I have found in treating patients with pain in the knee is that the knee inflammation and  intense knee pain could be caused by a locking of the Human Spring. In the video below I will demonstrate and explain how to release the knee Popliteus Muscle.


Today i’m going to share with you how to release the popliteus muscle or the knee.

The muscle might be in a spasm and locked.  So when I share about releasing the muscle I am talking about releasing the muscle spasm.

When the body is not moving correctly or if the body is moving in ways that it was not engineered to move in, then the Human Spring becomes locked.

The spasm brings the two parts together, which squeezes the spring together and it creates a locking of the spring.

This can turn into muscle spasms.

This can happen in a variety of ways:

  • wearing shoes that do not fit our feet
  • wearing high heel shoes
  • abnormal walking patterns
  • weak feet
  • injury

Today I am going to show you how to release the muscle spasms from your Popliteus Muscle of the Knee.

This muscle is in the back of the knee.

Dr. James Stoxen DC deep tissue treatment of the knee/Popliteus Muscle

What you do is:

  1. Take your thumb putting pressure  on the back of the knee feeling the muscle
  2. keep your thumb pressing until any pain goes away
  3. move across using the other thumb (be sure to keep your leg relaxed)

I have found that after releasing the knee that the range of motion is increased which will help with better walking and running mechanics.

I hope you have some relief with this. Please be patient because sometimes the change does not happen right away.

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There are times when you should refrain from massage or deep tissue massage because it may adversely affect a health condition.
Contraindication is the medical term for these conditions. “Contra” means against, as in contrary, and indications are things that tell you what to do one way or the other. Therefore, contraindications are things that are telling you not to do something.

  • Fever: When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defenses.
  • Inflammation: Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation, so you should not administer it. Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis(inflammation of the joints), and so on. In the case of localized problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.
  • High blood pressure: High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all.
  • Infectious diseases: Massage is not a good idea for someone coming down with the flu or diphtheria, for example, and to make matters worse, you expose yourself to the virus as well.
  • Hernia: Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It’s not a good idea to try to push these organs back inside. Surgery works better.
  • Osteoporosis: Elderly people with a severe stoop to the shoulders often have this condition, in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense for this condition.
  • Varicose veins: Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.
  • Broken bones: Stay away from an area of mending bones. A little light massage to the surrounding areas, though, can improve circulation and be quite helpful.
  • Skin problems: You should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so you can still massage in other areas.
  • Cancer: Cancer can spread through the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it may potentially spread the disease as well. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not.Always check with a doctor first.
  • Other conditions and diseases: Diabetes, asthma, and other serious conditions each has its own precautions, seek a doctor’s opinion before administering massage.
  • Pregnancy: No deep tissue work. Be aware: danger of triggering a miscarriage by strong myofascial work is greatest during the first 3 months (especially through work around the pelvis, abdomen, adductors, medial legs, or feet)



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