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This is WHY your knees STILL hurt !!!!…

This is WHY your knees STILL hurt !!!!…

“I have dodgy knees”…I have heard this same saying by hundreds of people over the last ten years!…Some of you may have a clue why you have dodgy knees and some of you just decided to “learn how to live with it”. And as we said in the last week’s posts and blogs, if you learn how to live with something that should not be there, then your body finds ways to adapt and compensate so you can carry on with your life…By doing so, the pain in your knees might start to fade away and sometimes you may actually feel that your knees are indeed getting better. Either that or you just don’t use your knees much or you avoid exercises that make them worse…Either way the only thing that you are actually achieving is to put pressure and stress in other body parts, joints, muscles, ligaments and bones with a great chance of causing an injury somewhere else too!!!…

Remember this model on my posts?…

 

…..AND THIS IS WHEN IT GETS INTERESTING, STAY WITH ME FOLKS !!!!….Take a sit, say “I am ready” and start scrolling down…

In this article I will give you the best understanding of what is going wrong inside your knees and what to do for the pain. So let me ask you first, where is your pain?…

  1. Front of the knee
  2. Back of the knee
  3. To the outside of the leg (at the knee)
  4. To the inside of the leg (at the knee)

So now memorise the number of your answer and take a look at my second VERY important question to you:….

Is the pain:

  1. There all the time? OR…
  2. On and off depending on what you do?…Like, going down the stairs, getting up from sitting down, going up the stairs, walking, after training..

I bet you, you have just related to at least one of these scenarios. Now we have the basic questions covered, take a look at this and see how fascinating the knee joint is!!!!…

Wow…Look at this!!!!!!…

DID YOU KNOW your knee cap has a joint itself underneath it??? That’s to keep it attached to your thigh bone (the bone on the top)…

This joint is part of the whole knee joint but it has its own identity.

Are you still with me???…Read this below!

This joint is a VERY important landmark inside your body because it is indeed the most common source of knee pain, unless you have had a direct kick or a direct twist in your knee which is then classified as trauma, meaning an accident (the likes of cruciate ligament damage and others…we will cover these soon!)….So if you haven’t had a kick or a twist in your knee then chances are this joint (the patella-femoral joint) is what needs attention from you…

However, now it becomes more interesting and this will leave you speechless…

Do you know why this joint is causing you knee pain?…

The answer is, that the knee cap is being pulled into the wrong direction when you walk, when you train or when you even sit down to work. And the way this happens is through the big muscle group on the front of your thigh that hooks on the knee cap itself. So when these muscles go tight, they pull the knee cap towards them. And these muscles do go tight quite often because they are naturally bulkier than the rest of your body. However, you will never actually see your knee cap going anywhere but it is the pressure that pulls it up and this is enough force to cause pain…

FACT: A tight muscle always creates negative pressure in the bones it is attaching to!

Imagine it like when your mum was holding your hand to cross the road and the red man appeared and she had to hurry up..All she did then is to pull your hand a little bit tighter and rush to the other end of the road…and you followed her pace and her direction.

This is exactly what happens to your knee cap when the front of your thigh pulls it up due to tightness…And because it is not meant to be pulled up this often and this much, there is then extra pressure inside the knee joint hence the pain…

And when this happens you will then experience pain in either the front of your knee, at the back of it or even the sides of it…

In the long-term, this upward pull on your knee cap can also cause these conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Cartilage damage
  • Cruciate ligament weakness

However, this is not the only cause of knee pain!!!…I will now show you the second most common cause of knee pain and I am sure half of you WILL relate to this too…This is getting very exciting, remain on your seats for 2 more minutes!!!..

I have used this image before in several posts and blogs. Do you know why?

Because it is real, and because this is purely YOU!!!!…

Forget the fact that the picture shows a runner, this happens all the time even when you just walk. If you do it when you walk then you WILL be doing it when you run or when you train too. And the thing I am talking about is the fact that you let your knees drop in too much.

DO YOU KNOW WHY???…

Because:…

  • You don’t know they do it and therefore you can’t fix something that you don’t know about…
  • Your hips are very weak and you don’t know this either!!!…
WEAK HIPS ARE CAUSING THE LEG TO GO INWARDS MEANING YOUR KNEE WILL DROP IN…AN UNNATURAL POSITION FOR YOUR KNEE..HENCE THE PAIN…

So just to recap, the TWO MOST COMMON REASONS for your knee pain are:

  1. Very tight thigh muscles (which you might not feel tight)…
  2. Weak hips (which you might not feel weak)…

 

And here is what you need to do for tight thighs:

  • Stand facing the wall
  • Put your RIGHT hand resting on the wall
  • Take your LEFT leg up and behind you (like the picture)…
  • Use your LEFT hand to hold it in this position
  • Keep the knees close to each other
  • Feel the stretch on the front of the thigh and hold for 20 seconds..
  • Repeat 3 times a day for 10 days….at first..then 3 times every other day for the following 10 days…

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And here is what you need to do for weak hips:

Here are the steps for this:

  1. On your hands and knees facing the floor…
  2. Pull your stomach in
  3. Shift your body weight on the RIGHT leg and hip..
  4. Start lifting your LEFT leg up in the air STRAIGHT and not too high…
  5. Make sure both hips are level at this point…
  6. Tense the LEFT buttock if you can and hold for 20 seconds…
  7. Repeat 3 times a day for 10 days and let’s see how you feel then?….

Hope you have enjoyed this post folks and all the very best to you all. Here are my details for any questions:

christos@olympossic.co.uk  AND 07527836754 for WHATSAPP – TEXT or a PHONE CALL.

Many Thanks for your time reading…:)

 

 

 

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