Knee Alignment – How do you move?

Knee Anatomy Think about how often you bend your knee throughout the day…up/down stairs, curbs, squat to pick something up, bend down to tie or shoe, sit down & get up from a chair or a dozen other reasons that requires bending your knee.  Beyond just bending your knee, you have to control the weight of your body during this raising and lowering.  Now, think of how often you may…

How to strengthen a hurting knee

So, we’ve tried to regain mobility by stretching the muscles around the knee joint – calf, quad, hamstring, and IT Band – and we’ve addressed a great way to mobilize the restricted areas around the knee complex…all in an effort to minimize knee pain.  Both of these approaches should have at least lessened your pain intensity, but now we need to try to keep the pain away.   As I stated in…

Foam roller to treat knee pain

Today, I wanted to address soft tissue restrictions and self-treatment options, that can help improve mobility when stretching just isn’t enough.  When you have tried to regain mobility by stretching the muscles around the knee joint – calf, quad, hamstring, and IT Band – the next step to improve motion & address your general knee pain is with soft tissue mobilization.  The best way that I have found to do…

Stretching to help knee pain

So, we have sub-classified knee pain, but how do you know which category your knee pain falls into?  Let’s start with the assumption, that you have no significant underlying damage to your knee joint.  I am talking about the articulation of your patella (knee cap) to the femur AND the area where your femur meets your tibia.  The next step should be to find out if you are moving properly.  Odds…

Where Does Knee Pain Come From?

At all levels of fitness, everyone has his/her own exercise capacity.  This is the point at which movement quality begins to falter and breakdown can occur. This is always true.  When you run or lifts weights or perform abdominal crunches, it is VERY apparent when you are tired and just can’t go any further.   Most of the time, however, where the movement quality begins to breakdown is subtle and not easily…