Taping for Trigger Points in the TFL

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Stuart Hinds demonstrates Kinesio Taping for TFL Trigger Points



The tensor fasciae latae (TFL) muscle plays a crucial role because it provides stability through the knee and pelvis.


TFL Trigger Points

Tensor Fasciae Latae - Common Trigger Point Site


TFL trigger points are associated with a wide range of common hip and knee dysfunction are often encountered in a highly resistant form.

Pain from these trigger points is often experienced at the level of the greater trochanter of the hip joint. The pain is almost always more intense when walking or running.


Referred Pain

Pain is also commonly referred down the lateral thigh and to the knee. In many cases the pain will be referred to the knee only.

In the video above, Stuart Hinds demonstrates the taping technique used to address TFL trigger points. 


About the TFL 

Latin: Tendere = "to stretch"; Fasciae = "of the band"; Latae = "broad"

The tensor fasciae latae muscle lies anterior to the gluteus maximus, on the lateral side of the hip.



Anterior part of outer lip of iliac crest, and outer surface of ASIS.



Joins the IT tract just below level of greater trochanter.



Flexes, abducts and medially rotates the hip joint. 

Tenses fascia lata, thus stabilizing the knee joint.

Redirects rotational forces produced by gluteus maximus.



Superior gluteal nerve, L45, S1


Basic Functional Movement

Example: Walking



Taping for Trigger Points NAT Foundation Course 

Hip Pain and Dysfunction NAT Master Course



About the author

Stuart Hinds is one of Australia’s leading soft tissue therapists, with over 27 years of experience as a practitioner, working with elite sports athletes, supporting Olympic teams, educating and mentoring others as well as running a highly successful clinic in Geelong.

Stuart has a strong following of practitioners across Australia and globally who tap into his expertise as a soft-tissue specialist. He delivers a range of highly sought after seminars across Australia, supported by online videos, webinars and one-on-one mentoring to help support his colleagues to build successful businesses.

In 2016, Stuart was awarded a lifetime membership to Massage & Myotherapy Australia for his significant support and contribution to the industry.


This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 

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