Sunday, December 12, 2010

Knee Pain

Check out Colin's latest post on knee pain. 

dealing with knee pain is often not simply an issue of dealing with the knee and its surrounding tissues.  Making sure you get rid of your knee pain can, and more often will, mean not just work on making sure the knee flexes and extends but that the tibia/femur glide properly over one another  that there is no restriction in dorsi and plantar flexion and that the hip flexes and extends fully. So, in other words, a knee pain could  be considered not to be just a knee problem but a leg problem.

Some interesting ideas.  He has been realy developing his practice recently through the work of Art Riggs. He stresses that massage is really working the fascia

A fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding those structures together like plastic sandwich wraps.[2]

This ties back to the Anatomy Trains approach that I've mentioned before.

Here is a video of Art working on a client's ITB.

Interesting stuff.


bluets said...

There's a chapter in "Voices of Integrative Medicine" ( that talks about this - I think it's the one by Steven Weiss. He writes about how it is important to give the body back to itself, and sometimes, just get out of the way to let the body heal itself.

Boot Camp Nolan said...

I've got IT band problems, so I'll be giving this massage technique a try. I'll let you know how it goes.

John Sifferman said...

I went through 3 years of physical therapy for some injuries that originated with knee problems. This manual therapy technique for releasing tension in and around the IT band was a common ritual with one of my PT's. She said I had the tightest ITB's that she'd seen in 20 years of practice. I can still remember her elbow grinding up and down my leg - and the foam rolling - eek! Not fun, but I did get some relief from it.

dee said...

Wow! This is exciting stuff. Will this type of therapy help one with knee cap problems such as arthritis?

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If you are unsure of the cause of your symptoms, or if you do not know the specific treatment recommendations for your condition, you should seek medical attention. Treatment of knee pain must be directed at the specific cause of your problem.

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