Can sissy squats help cure cartilage-based knee problems?

sissy squats knee cartilage Following from our article regarding different causes of knee pain, we’re now going to address the question of what knee strength exercises can do for a different condition to patella maltracking – worn out cartilage. Longstanding movement problems can lead to the wearing down of your cartilage around the knee, and if this wears down then the bones will rub without protection, causing knee pain. Can sissy squats help relieve this pain, as it does with patella maltracking? Continue reading

What causes knee pain? Patella maltracking and other problems

what causes knee painAt KneeStrength.com, we focus very much on overcoming patella maltracking as a means to dealing with knee pain. This is because the incorrect tracking of the patella, caused by muscle imbalances pulling the knee cap to one side, is one of the most common forms of knee pain. It is also the problem we have most personal experience with.

It is important to note that patella maltracking is not the only cause of knee pain; but bear in mind that the correct body mechanics we teach to resolve knee pain generally apply to other problems that may arise. Sadly, treating physical problems by correcting body movements is not something that healthcare institutions like to admit. So what other problems may you face with your knees, and how does correcting your body mechanics fit into the treatment? Continue reading

Managing knee pain when attempting to squat to parallel

managing pain squat parallelWhen suffering with patellofemoral pain there are two traits of the squat exercise which can initially bring on pain or discomfort in your knees. Here we will explain those traits and come up with short-term workarounds to help the beginner get started with squats, make some progress, and do so with limited discomfort in the knees. Continue reading

How X Factor choreography puts Lady Gaga’s knees at risk

lady gaga knee problemViewers of the UK’s Sunday night X-Factor live results show on 27th October 2013 were treated to an energetic performance by Lady Gaga of her tracks Venus and Do What U Want from her new album ARTPOP. However, we at KneeStrength were more concerned with a piece of poorly designed dance choreography which repeatedly put the star’s knees into a poor position.

The picture to the left shows the singer’s right foot pointed outwards, the arch of the foot collapsed down to the floor, the knee and shin turned inwards, pointing well inside the line of the foot, and the corresponding internally rotated thigh. The choreography had Gaga’s knee moving in and out of this position about half a dozen times. Continue reading

Why some pain is inevitable when improving your knees

knee pain exerciseKnee pain is a vicious cycle. When it hurts to exercise your knees, you don’t want to exercise. When you don’t exercise, certain muscles weaken. When certain muscles weaken, the muscle strength in your legs becomes imbalanced. When your leg muscles are imbalanced, it hurts to exercise your knees. And so it goes.

In order to prevent that imbalance, and break free from the cycle, you need to be prepared to exercise through some discomfort. You need to expect, and accept, some discomfort in the knees as you first tackle sissy squats. More important than anything, you need to keep going for long enough to make a difference. Continue reading

How to do unweighted squats without knee pain

unweighted squatThe single most important exercise for knee strength, and for health and fitness in general, is the squat. When you reach your perfect level of fitness, you may squat to platforms as low as 12 or 13 inches, bearing incredible loads and pushing your knees about as far as your toes. When you’re suffering from patella maltracking, though, bending your knees a fraction over the foot may be excruciatingly painful. You can get around that pain by doing unweighted squats with a few minor compensations, laying the foundations for a squat without compensations later. Continue reading

Managing inflammation when rehabilitating your knees

 

inflamed kneeWhen you’re not used to exercising certain parts of the body, you may find they become inflamed or swell when you put pressure on them. There are degrees of inflammation ranging from heavy swelling with constant pain down to a mild swelling and tenderness that dissipates after a few warm ups, but, whatever the degree, you are likely to experience at least some swelling in the course of rehabilitation. Try to manage the extent and volume of the work you do to ensure the swelling never becomes too severe.

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Improve your knees with this powerful lower leg stretch:

lower leg stretch for kneesAs part of an effective course of exercise and treatment for patella maltracking and knee problems, stretches help maintain correct movement and prevent persistent imperfections in movement. The following guide explains a special lower leg stretch (a calf muscle stretch) that will help improve how your knee moves in relation to the foot. Continue reading

How to use a foam roller to correct patella maltracking: the lower leg

foam rollers for lower leg patella maltracking exercise

In the second in our series of exercises to use foam rolling to correct patella maltracking, we are focusing on the lower leg. After the outer quads, the lower leg muscles are the next most important area to address, because tightness in the lower legs can restrict your ankle movements, which can lead to a whole host of movement compensations. These movements, though you might not be aware of it now, are integral to a number of exercises (and everyday body movements) that will help you rebalance your knees and ultimately cure your knee pain. This rolling exercise, then, is a necessary building block for strong, pain free knees: Continue reading

How to use a foam roller to correct patella maltracking: the outer quads

foam rollers for outer quad patella maltracking exercise

There is already a vast wealth of information about foam rolling on the internet, so our current series of guides are designed to focus specifically on using foam rolling to help correct patella maltracking. To start, we’ll look at a foam rolling exercise designed to loosen the outer quad (vastus lateralis). This is the area where tightness in the muscle is most likely to cause an imbalance in the patella motion, as noted in our explanation of patella maltracking. When you want to relieve knee pain, it’s vital to relieve the knots in your muscles, and this is an effective way to start: Continue reading