Patellar Tendon Massage

Patella tendonitis cross friction massage

Here we demonstrate simple cross friction massage for Patella tendonitis or Jumper’s knee.


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Before beginning any massage treatment your therapist will check for contraindications. A contraindication is something that indicates massage is not suitable, or worse, could cause further injury or damage.

In particular, if you have acute inflammation or suspect a tendon rupture, then massage is not appropriate. Likewise, knee bursitis or if you have had a recent contusion then you should avoid massage.

More on Massage contraindications

When should I apply massage?

Cross friction massage may help in treating Patella tendonitis/tendinopathy after the initial acute stage has passed. In particular, long term, chronic cases which fail to respond to initial treatment of rest and applying cold therapy/ice.

How to apply cross friction massage


Apply gentle pressure to the thigh muscles, just above the patella. This has the effect of tilting the bottom of the patella upwards. As a result, the point at where the tendon attaches to the patella is exposed and more easily accessed.

Then apply gentle cross friction massage techniques forwards and backwards across the tendon.

Massage may help loosen thigh muscles and increase the effectiveness of stretching exercises.

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