So, with all of that being said, I think those are three reasons I am experiencing some knee discomfort. When the muscles are the knee are weak or fatigued, it can leave your knee's open to more stress, more shock and less support. Strengthening the muscles that support the knee is the best way to avoid pain and injury and I can tell that this "core move" I pointed out yesterday will help since it is rockin' my hamstrings.
- IT Band
- Calf muscles
- Hips (abductors located on the outer thigh, and the hip adductors on the inner thigh)
- Glutes--ALL of which support the knee's!
Keep them fluid: Fish oil, flax seed, Chia seeds and Glucosamine all help to keep our joints fluid and mobile. Chia seeds help build tissue and Glucosamine keep connective tissue elastic. Think of our knees and their tissue as old and new rubber bands, one moves more easily than the other and these supplements help keep things new!
Modify your moves: There are certain moves that we do that can place unneeded stress on our knees if not done correctly, with too much weight or too far. You can ALWAYS modify your moves to make them more knee friendly. Drop weight and just use your body weight, adjust the range of motion of the move, come down into a half squat for example. Modify your moves till you strengthen your knees so they can perform!
Keep the swelling down: I used to ice often and got away from it as my knee felt better post injury. Icing after your exercises will help to reduce inflammation and swelling that could occur right after your workout. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort that you have NOT had looked at, see your Dr. right away. I don't like using ibuprofen, but ginger and cinnamon are naturally anti-inflammatory.