1 Ridiculously Easy Fix for Knee Pain

1 Ridiculously Easy Fix for Knee Pain

One of my biggest caveats in life are people who complain about how old they’re getting. It’s almost enough for me to want to stab a fork in my eyes, except for the fact that I quite like my eyes, so I reluctantly refrain.

I’ve had more people than I can remember come in through my doors who’ve suffered from some sort of basic joint pain for weeks or months – sometimes years, and did nothing about it because they just figured they were getting old.

And so once I pull the proverbial fork out of my eye, I do a quick flexibility assessment, do a couple of minutes of targeted stretching, and *shazam!* The problem is irrevocably cured.

They move their limbs in disbelief and say, “I can’t believe it? Wow, I feel great! Thank you so much!”

And I reply, with a sweet smile, “My pleasure. You’re very welcome.”

When I really want to say is

Look, dumbass. If you stopped whining about how old you were getting and took some responsibility for your health, you wouldn’t have gotten yourself into this mess in the first place.

It takes ninja skills on my part to restrain myself, sometimes.

Let’s Talk About Knees

The unfortunate reality of today’s world is we are so bad to our bodies. We are designed to move, hunt, walk, run, dance. Instead, we’ve turned into this:

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Most of us have poor posture from years of inactivity and sitting at a desk all day long. You can’t really blame us – it’s been ingrained since the invention of school, in which young, innocent children were forced to strap their bodies into chairs permanently attached to the desks (remember those??), rendering the poor kids hopelessly trapped and immobilized for hours on end.

Sitting for long periods of time tightens the area at the front of our hips, and specifically tightens a muscle known as the Rectus Femoris. It’s a fancy word for one of the thigh muscles at the front of our leg. This muscle also attaches and surrounds the knee cap. So, in simple terms, when the Rectus Femoris is tight, it pulls the knee cap into the knee joint, restricting joint space and movement. This is what causes a sharp, “pinching” pain in the knee joint, because, that is, in fact, what is happening to the joint. The joint is pinching itself because there’s no room for free movement.

So what to do?

In my experience, I’ve been able to help at least 90% of my clients with basic knee pain by doing this one simple stretch:

You stretch out the area at the front of the hips and knees and create some space for the knee joint to track freely and properly.

Go on, give it a try, and let me know how you do.

And stop whining about how old you are. I’m running out of forks, anyways.

In health and high heels,

Mina

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