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Meet the 13 Muscles Causing Your Knee Pain

Updated: Jan 8

OC Pain Relief & Bodywork / TriAthlete Massage Pain Relief for Knee Pain.

Because many of the commonly prescribed treatments for knee pain have side effects and some are of limited benefit, many people are left searching for alternative options. One such treatment is knee massage. Several different studies have found that massaging a sore or arthritic joint can have a number of benefits including:

  • Bringing blood flow to the joint

  • Improving circulation in the area

  • Reducing the swelling

  • Bringing in new joint fluid

  • Reducing overall pain and stiffness

Sometimes the actual problem is not really in your knee even though you think it is. Sometimes it's in another area of the body and the pain is referring to the hip. This is why having a skilled massage therapist knowledgeable in referral pain is important.


  1. Rectus Femoris

  2. Vastus Medialis

  3. Adductor Longus and Brevis

  4. Gracilis

  5. Sartorius

  6. Vastus Lateralis

  7. Gastrocnemius

  8. Biceps Femoris

  9. Popliteus

  10. Plantaris

  11. Semitendinosus

  12. Semimembranosus

  13. Soleus



Right after your massage therapy, you will likely feel more relaxed and rested than when you came in. The day after your therapy, you may feel a bit sore. This is actually a normal occurrence for many types of this therapy. During a Therapeutic Massage I utilize cross-fiber friction, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release to "work out " the knots in your muscles. Massage it comparable to a strenuous workout, after which your muscles may be sore. Another factor that can cause soreness after this therapy is dehydration. If your muscles are not hydrated enough to be pliable, they will be sore the next day. That's why we recommended being hydrated for your appointment & to drink half your weight in ounces of water after your session.


Book Your session today and lets create a plan to get your out of pain, get your range of motion back and prevent injury.

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