Knee pain


The knee


Our body has 143 joints that act as levers, hinges, shock absorbers and allow us to stand, jump, dance, sit, grasp, squeeze, eat and perform thousands of movements throughout the day.

A joint is a complex unity that, big as the knee or small as your finger, allows the movement, holds near the bones, coordinates them so that they slide over each other without creating friction.

Knee has to support the weigth of body, it must flow, bend, stretch, rotate, ensuring stability and mobility to meet the demands submitted by the movements when walking, running, we get, we kneel.

1 - Femur
2 - Lateral Meniscus
3 - Tibia
4 - Perone
5 - Patella
6 - lateral meniscus
7 - cruciate ligaments
8 - patellar tendon

It is one of the most ingenious joints, complex and vulnerable of our skeleton. Its stability is guaranteed by its ligaments and its support by 13 muscles that, in every movement, must contract and relax, providing the standing position.

The two menisci are pads of cartilage that lie between the femur and tibia and lubricate the joint that has a poor blood supply. It has a modest ability to recover when damaged. In fact, venous stasis is one of the major contributors to the degenerative changes of the knee joint.


Arthrosis of the knee

Repeated injuries of the knee joint can cause arthritis, episodes that are frightened athlete. It manifests as pain, swelling, stiffness, characterized by degeneration of the cartilage covering joints and bone with spur called "osteophytes".



For the relief of knee pain, as the first thing, you should reduce muscle tension to promote better blood circulation in muscles and in the joint.

1. Make small movements of lateral flexion and extension of the knee, knowing that the weight stays mainly on the outer edge of the foot that slips on the floor to get closer to you.

2. Learn how to run the pelvic clock which improves the flexibility of the hips, of the back and mobilises the powerful muscles of the pelvis. As described in the book "Awareness Through Movement" by Moshe Feldenkrais Celluc books.

3. While sitting put under your foot a rigid roller in roder to gently rotate the foot itself and explore every part of it. If you feel tension in the leg or in the pelvis you suspend. Then try and place the roll under the middle part of the foot thinking on leaving all the excess power, as if the roller would load the excess of strength, then start rolling a little bit forward and back and then gradually increase the range of the movement until you feel the foot lighter. As if your foot would levitate on the roller. If it does not happen you have to stop and ask if the power you used was appropriate to make that small motion.

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