Most people are going to experience some form of knee pain at some point in their life. It should come as no surprise that knee pain is one of the most often cited reasons for a doctor’s visit, especially if you consider the daily risk of injury, overuse, and every day wear-and-tear. Knee pain may occur during home projects, work-related tasks, or sports and recreational activities.
The knee is the largest joint in the body. Both the lower and upper bones of the knees are separated into two discs (the menisci). Muscles, tendons, and ligaments connect the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula) and upper leg bone (femur).
The knee joint itself is especially vulnerable to pain and damage, primarily because it sustains the most of the person’s full bodyweight. You can just imagine any additional force that is placed on the knee joint when people jump or run. This is one of the reasons that those that are overweight are more susceptible to knee pain.
How does chiropractic help knee pain?
Most of the conditions that may lead to knee pain respond well to chiropractic treatment. In fact, chiropractic care has even been proven to be able to offer relief for osteoarthritic knee pain. Contrary to what some think, chiropractic care for knee pain is not just a single approach, it includes a number of different techniques, each of which are able to relieve specific causes of knee pain. The encompassing treatment may include:
- Chiropractic adjustments –These are direct, controlled, and gentle adjustments to the spinal joints, knee, and tissue to restore optimal movement and function.
- Active release technique –This treatment precisely targets specific regions in the muscles in order to help improve muscle function and release scar tissue. It is also used to treat one of the more common causes of knee pain limited motion of the meniscus.
- Myofascial release –It is possible that the knee pain is attributable to overworked and overly tight muscles in the lower back, hips, and legs. There the doctor of chiropractic is going to focus on the deep treatment of the soft tissues to restore movement and help relieve pain.
How does massage therapy help knee pain?
Studies have shown that massage therapy is able to help relief pain. A study of patients who were diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis highlighted the fact that those patients who received an hour-long Swedish massage once or twice a week for eight weeks experienced improved knee function and significantly less pain.
One of the reasons that massage therapy helps to relieve pain is because it helps release serotonin from the brain. Serotonin is a proven natural pain reliever. It is also possible for massage therapy to help speed up the recovery from knee pain because it can help break down scar tissue in the knee. This allows for improved movement and less
A skilled massage therapist is going to be able to help patients with knee pain alleviate their discomfort and become a bit more mobile through a combination of stretching, massage, and sustained pressure. This is going to help bring back the functionality in the knee. As the patient becomes more aware of where the discomfort is coming from and how to avoid it, massage therapy only adds to the treatment.
Why it is important to take action for knee pain
The majority of people experiencing knee pain are going to find that the problem eventually resolves itself. Yet even the people who have knee pain that is going to disappear on its own can benefit from undergoing treatment. Treatment is able to allow for better movement, can help reduce overall pain, and can greatly improve the healing time.
If you believe you or someone you know is struggling with knee pain and would benefit from undergoing treatment, keep in mind that the professionals at Total Back Care are capable of helping you with your problem. Make sure to call 8357 8211 today to schedule an appointment. Find out what relief you can experience.