Exercises to improve your knee strength
What is causing your knee pain?
Arthritis, meniscus tear, worn away cartilage all give you knee pain – RIGHT? Err no.
Recent research concluded that arthritis, tears or cartilage damage can be prevalent without pain. Knee pain is not necessarily a direct result of disease or damage. Knee pain is more predictable with an imbalance in muscles around the knees. Muscles pulling the knee in various different, awkward positions.
The research scanned over 900 people and over 60% of them were found to have signs of arthritis, tears within the knee joint and cartilage problems but no knee pain.
This lead researcher to believe that the structural problems within your knee are not the cause of knee pain. Instead, it is caused by the pull of the muscles around the knee. Imbalances are common. I see scary squats in class, when the inner thigh is weaker than the outer thigh, causing the knee to drop into each other. Strengthening your inner thigh will help to rebalance your knee and alleviate pain.
The second big imbalance is between the thigh muscle known as the quads and your hamstrings on the back of your leg. Your hamstrings tend to get shorten and pull excessively on the knee cap causing compression and pain around the knee cap. Alternatively, the hamstrings tighten and pull on the lower back causing back issues.
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Exercises to strengthen your knees
I have put together 3 videos in a series to help you to increase your muscle strength around your knee. Here is the first one knee recovery exercise video
What else can you do to increase your joint mobility?
Drinking more water will lubricate your joints, making them glide smoothly. Plus simple, cleansing and detoxifying water. is the BEST thing you can be drinking to benefit your body to detoxify, re-hydrates tissue and boosts circulation. Find out my top tips on drinking more water here.
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