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Back Pain => Self Treatment Questions => Topic started by: pdelisle on March 17, 2010, 05:43:17 PM

Title: Knee pain and tightness
Post by: pdelisle on March 17, 2010, 05:43:17 PM
Hi Steve,

I was treated by Wayne in Melbourne and also did the SLM Yoga in the past and got great relief.  My problems were lower back pain and short leg.

I have since moved to Canada and didn't get any treatment for over a year now since I no longer had any pain.  Lately I started having my old pain in lower back and outside quad coming back, so I decided to start doing the SLM Yoga again.

At the very beginning of the wall sit, my knees start shaking.  I can barely hold it for 5 min and fairly high off the wall.  It never happened to me before when I was in Melbourne.  I move on to the ballet squat and the shaking/weakness in the knees gets even worse.  That is before I can even feel any tightness or imbalance in the legs, let alone work on releasing and balancing them.

The shaking is in the knees but it feels like tighness all around them.  I had a look in your forums and you mention knee pain can be caused by tight quads?

What is the best way to release the quads at home?  You mention bongers.  Is that a good option?
Is it a better option to go see a massage therapist?  Is there any SLM therapist in Canada?
Should I keep doing the Yoga?  Will it also help release the quads and my knees?

Thanks
Title: Re: Knee pain and tightness
Post by: Steve Lockhart on March 18, 2010, 02:47:58 PM
Yes try and get some deep tissue massage to the quads in Canada. There isn't any SLM therapists there to recommend sorry. The shaking may because you are out of balance but normally comes from weakness in the muscles. Try not going down the wall so much. The SLM Yoga should help balance you up again.

Regards
Steve
Title: Re: Knee pain and tightness
Post by: freshpain on July 04, 2010, 08:36:46 PM
Strengthening the muscles that support the knee with knee exercises is most important in protecting your knees from injury and knee pain.

Weak or fatigued muscles cannot adequately support the knee joint or absorb shock before it gets to the knee and the extra stress placed upon the knee can cause injury to the structures of the knee. Strengthening exercises can make the muscles tight, so follow strength exercises with stretching exercises.

Stretching the muscles that support the knee with knee exercises is also important in preventing injury. Flexible muscles are not as easily injured as tight muscles. Tightness of muscles connected to the knee can also pull the knee out of alignment.
Title: Re: Knee pain and tightness
Post by: Steve Lockhart on July 06, 2010, 02:31:47 AM
Sounds like what a physiotherapist would tell you but it omits some critical facts. Such as stretching affects the connective tissue rather than the belly of the muscle and dysfunctional muscles such as weak or fatigues ones won't respond to the exercises. Rather they cause other muscles to overwork and compenate for them.

So where the theory sounds good in reality it doesn't fix a chronic problem. The SLM yoga is a far more effective way or getting function back into the muscles and them strengthening them. Than movement strengthening followed by stretching.

Regards
Steve
Title: Re: Knee pain and tightness
Post by: axine123 on January 31, 2011, 01:32:04 AM
My uncle is also suffering from knee pain since last 2 months. I suggested him to consult a doctor, he has given him some medication. I want to know any homely treatment.
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Title: Re: Knee pain and tightness
Post by: Steve Lockhart on January 31, 2011, 03:35:52 AM
A home treatment you could try would be rubbing heat cream into his thigh on the top and sides and that might help. Massage it in well for about 5 minutes or so if you can for the best results.

regards
Steve