Pain in any part of the body is a sign that the body of out of “tune.” For instance one can complain of pain in the knee, but the x-ray, MRI and even manual testing show that there is nothing wrong with the knee. So the question becomes why is this person complaining of knee pain? In this case we need to look at the body parts that are directly related to the knee such as the back, hip and ankle. One must analyze the hip and ankle to understand what is occurring in the knee.
A person with a limited range of motion and flexibility in the back, hip and/or ankle requires the knee joint to work twice as hard, eventually causing discomfort, then tension and finally pain in the knee. If the issue is not addressed simultaneously in the back, hip, knee and ankle it can lead to inflammation of the tendons, sprained ligaments and inevitably major problems in the knee.
In order to resolve the problem in the knee, one should have a number of body tuning treatments on the back, hip and ankle as well as perform movement exercises at home.
We need to empower ourselves and listen to our own bodies, so that we can maintain a pain free body. About 80% of the people complain of knee and back issues, even if they do not have a chronic pain they have a level of degeneration of the joints. At times the degeneration of the joints can lead to sensitivity in the knee, causing minor discomfort to major pain. In other words if we listen to our bodies we can address the issues and the body can self-adjust and heal. Of course there are times that the body needs help to realign and become once again tuned. There are 2 fundamental ways to aid the body in the healing process. One is to receive physical therapy/body tuning treatments and the other is to incorporate movement exercises into one’s daily routine. The truth is that one does not need to go to special classes or health clubs to build mobility and flexibility. There are simple easy movements that can be done all day long, even on the subway, in the car or at the office that will alleviate pain and discomfort, creating space and flexibility in the joints and muscles. There are people who have natural instincts and enjoy moving their body. These people view movements as a pleasant activity and in turn have less pain in their body. Other people need to be taught to move and to be shown that moving has a positive effect on their body. Eventually both groups reach the conclusion that their bodies want and need to move, that their bones and joint are more comfortable and their muscles are stronger. When we can alleviate pain through movement we feel lighter and happier. While performing these movements there is no need to count or time the movements, one should be free with their body and allow themselves find their own rhythm.
If one is experiencing any kind of pain or discomfort, it is important to make an appointment with a Physical Therapist/Body Tuning specialist, for a thorough evaluation of the body. This professional will work with the body in a passive state and listen to the body. Through the manual manipulation of the joints, muscles and bones the professional will “tune” the body and reduce pain and discomfort. The Physical Therapist/Body Tuning specialist will teach the patient the right movements for their body. With consistent treatments and a routine of movements a patient will have a flexible, mobile, strong and coordinated body.