So Runners Knee. This problem stops all sorts of people from following their passion of keeping fit. It's not just reserved for runners as many sports people can also be affected.
So how does this happen?...
If you're running long or moderate distances regularly, or playing sports that have a lot of fast turning and stopping, like netball, basketball and soccer, this may cause a problem. Being overweight has also been seen as a factor that contributes to runners knee. The femur rubs on the back of the patella, which is your knee cap, and causes pain behind and around the knee. Then the thigh muscles and local tendons get very tight and pull at the knee making the condition worse.
So why is acupuncture so good for this?...
One of acupuncture's fortes is reducing and clearing inflammation from the body. When the needles are placed into the muscles and around the tendons they will relax them by causing more blood and oxygen to flow into them. Because most of the pain is behind the knee the needles can be placed to get the best possible blood flow into that region, moving and releasing any lactic acid or stagnation from the area which will relieve the pain. Better blood flow will help heal this complaint.
When should I have acupuncture for runners knee?
If you're a runner, professional or novice, prevention here is your cure. The body will get tight over time with a lot of running or sport and acupuncture is where it's at to relax and give the body a faster recovery rate, which keeps the muscles relaxed and gives them more flexibility with less chance of injury. Once a month treatment will keep you on track, literally.
Two types of runners knee...
Chronic - If you have runners knee that comes and goes over time then a thorough course of treatment is needed straight away for best results. Don't wait for it to get bad again, come in when you're feeling good, this is called prevention.
Acute - The first time you feel tightening or pain that won't go away with stretching then that's the body letting you know that it's not functioning right. Don't delay and think "oh I'll run it out", this in most cases will make it worse, as when the body warms up the pain will go, but the tightness and inflammation will only get worse once you have cooled down.
Runners knee doesn't have to be the end of your running or sports career/passion. Try acupuncture for acute and chronic knee pain, you won't regret it.
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