Did you know that the knee is the largest joint in the body?
Well, in that case you may not know that knee pain is one of the most common pain complaints across all age groups.
It may be due to a diverse range of causes including sudden injury, overuse injury, or an underlying medical condition.
The location and severity of knee pain may vary depending on the underlying cause. The symptoms accompanying the knee pain may also vary. Sometimes the symptoms may include swelling, stiffness, weakness, instability, popping or crunching noises, and decreased range of motion.
Due to the knee's structural makeup, Massage can be very effective in treating knee pain.
This is why today I’m going to tell you about the 3 most common cause of knee pain and how massage can help.
Let’s be honest most people loves a good Massage. Not only does a massage feel good, but it also stimulates blood flow, loosens muscles, and can be very relaxing.
The same goes for knee massage.
The first of the 3 most common cause of knee pain is: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
Patellofemoral pain syndrome, also known as runner’s knee, is a common cause of knee pain among runners. It can also strike those engaging in activities requiring repetitive knee bending such as biking, climbing, and jumping. Symptoms of this syndrome may include pain behind or around the kneecap (patella), pain while bending the knee, pain that worsens when walking downstairs or downhill, knee swelling, or popping or grinding sensations in the knee. Patellofemoral pain syndrome can affect one or both knees. It can be caused by overuse (repetitive bending, high stress exercises, or overstretched tendons), direct trauma (fall or blow), misalignment of the kneecap or other leg bones, problems with the feet (hypermobility, fallen arches, or flat feet), and weakness in the thigh muscles or other muscle imbalance. Massage is effective in treating all these symptoms.
The second is: Iliotibial Band Syndrome
Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) occurs when the iliotibial band (the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin) is tight or inflamed. It is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It can also be associated with activities such as cycling, hiking, or weight lifting. Iliotibial band syndrome is the most common cause of lateral, or side, knee pain. It is caused by excessive friction of the iliotibial band on the side of the knee.
The most common complaint of ITBS is diffuse pain over the lateral aspect (side) of the knee. Running, especially downhill, may aggravate the knee pain. Another common symptom of ITBS is weakness when moving the leg out sideways. Treatment options for the treatment of ITBS include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and strengthening exercises, sports
The Third is: Patellar Tendonitis
Patellar tendonitis is an overuse injury affecting the patellar tendon, which sits just below the patella (kneecap) and attaches the kneecap to the shinbone. It is also referred to as jumper’s knee. Activities requiring frequent jumping and landing place excessive stress on the patellar tendon. The stress results in tiny tears in the tendon. It commonly affects athletes involved in sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, track and field, tennis, gymnastics, and skiing. The condition can also be the result of aging.
Treating these three common causes of knee pain by massage includes the therapist using ice or heat ( hydrotherapy) along with manually massaging the knee. This allows blood and oxygen to get into the knee joint. Massaging the knee will also help the knee to relax and take the pressure off those nerves that are affected by the injury and are involved in causing the Pain.
If your knee injury is severe, lymphatic massage may be advisable because it is a more gentle treatment option. Passive stretches and range of motion are perfect ways to relieve stress in the knee. It is an effective way to bring comfort and relaxation to your knee so that the healing process can take place. It allows the knee to find comfort and relaxation where it once felt pain.
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To your health,
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