Top 10 Most Popular Articles of 2014 – Part 1

As the year draws to a close, it’s a time of reflection, both seeing how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Hopefully in 2014 you’ve found some progress with your knee problems – whether it was progress over a matter of weeks, or months, we hope you’re feeling better than you did before. At the very least, more hopeful! With an average of one article posted every week throughout the year, we also understand there’s more content on this site than most casual readers will have digested – so it’s a time to look back and see what, of our most popular articles, you may have missed! So let’s start a countdown of the Top 10 articles (as decided by how many views they’ve had!) published in 2014 – broken into two posts to give you time to catch up on reading all these.  Continue reading

7 common questions about sissy squats answered

sissy squat formPowerful as they are, sissy squats are an exercise that is new and unfamiliar to most people, as it has a specialist focus. We receive a lot of questions about perfecting sissy squats form, both online and in person, so here’s our attempt to cover some of them – to make sure your sissy squat form is as good as possible to rectify your 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

Why being ‘lucky’ with knee problems isn’t always good

lucky knee problems

“Does patella maltracking come back after it’s been heavily reduced?” one of our clients recently asked. It was an ongoing concern that if he stopped doing his knee strengthening exercises, his knee problems would eventually return. And it was a concern closely linked to the irritation that other people, at the same age with similar sports interests and training routines, had no problems to speak of. These are two matters that are closely linked and worth discussing though, because the long-term strategy behind avoiding knee problems is very important – and people who don’t necessarily have to devise a strategy are at a significant disadvantage later in life. Continue reading

Movement training – where will it move to next?

movement trainingThe 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. 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

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