The techniques on this website, designed to help people fix their knee problems, all centre on improving the way in which a person moves, including correcting a soft-tissue restriction, re-cueing the form of a body movement, and strengthening corrected movements. The conscious practice of such techniques has been around for centuries, although it may have focussed primarily on improving movements to aid the performance of a specific task, such as throwing a spear or striking with a sword, rather than the practice of improving movements purely to fix injuries as a means in itself. Training to correct the way a person moves is rising in popularity, though, and it has become more and more accessible with the rise of the internet. Our opinion at KneeStrength, however, is that it is not yet popular enough.
The reason for its popularity so far is because of its success. There are cases of individuals who have gone through several surgeries in attempts to fix an injury without lasting success, only for a good coach to come along, analyse a fault in the person’s movement, fix that fault in a single training session and see the injury banished forever. As good as this is, it brings us to the first problem movement training has in rising to its deserved potential: it sounds too good to be true.
Most people’s perception of established treatments from the medical community such as pain relief medicines, surgeries, and artificial joint-replacements, is that they bring about improvements to pain and function through our advancements in technology. As though relying on medical technology is the only realistic hope for resolving bodily problems, and that it would be foolish to expect the joint to function as well as before any signs of injury first occurred.
If you take these people and tell them about someone trained by a sports coach or personal trainer who had their injury fixed without drugs or surgery, and now not only does the joint no longer hurt but it feels stronger than it ever has in their entire life, they are going to be suspicious that spurious claims are being made. “Why would that treatment work when a fully qualified surgeon had no luck?” might be a question people would ask themselves. Indeed, at KneeStrength we have trained individuals to rid them of their joint pain, only for their own family members to doubt that it was the training that had the positive effects, despite the fact they see their own loved-one cured right before their eyes.
Unfortunately seeing is not believing: people don’t sing the praises of such training until they have personally experienced the injury relieving effects firsthand. For this to take place, three things need to happen:
- A person needs to have a joint injury.
- They need to decide to try movement training to fix it.
- They need to work hard at the training to get results.
Item 3 brings us onto the next challenge: The success of movement training is dependent on the efforts of the patient. You only need to look at the websites of the thought-leaders in this field and you will see that the bulk of their business is derived from selling and promoting their services to sports people, with a much lesser mention given to its effectiveness in curing joint problems in ordinary people.
This isn’t an accident. This is because it is in populations of hard-working motivated sportspeople (where resolution of their joint pain is essential to continuing competing in their sport) where “patients” will put in the most effort towards working at the training. This is also the population who will seek treatment more urgently and be open-minded about different types of treatment, most probably because of failed attempts at earlier treatment types. Such a business trying to focus purely on treating the joint injuries of non-sports people is likely to struggle in finding enough motivated customers.
It is one of our dreams here at KneeStrength that one day the powerful results of movement training for treating joint pain will extend beyond sportspeople and into populations of ordinary people: Mike on the bus, Linda in accounts, Dave the butcher and so on. Currently there are millions of people worldwide popping daily pills to mask the pain of a joint injury, and tens of thousands of people undergoing joint-replacement surgeries which could have been avoided had they known about this type of treatment.
What we would class as success could be that in the future when one office worker tells another they have a headache, instead of reaching for a pain-killer, their colleagues might have the knowledge to show her how she is holding her head incorrectly, and how to fix that and stop the unnecessary strain on the neck muscles this causes and creates the headache. Success, at the bare base of movement training, would be to find an awareness amongst everyday people that doctors, medicine and surgery are for when all else fails – and that they should give their own bodies a chance to succeed the way nature intended, before turning to technology.