If you are or were an active woman and you suffer from knee pain, this article is for you.
It pays to know that a woman’s anatomy makes her more prone to knee injury. That way, you can take preventative measures to protect your joints so you can continue to live an active lifestyle.
What is Runner’s Knee?
Runner’s knee – or chondromalacia as it’s termed in the medical field – is a condition that affects many people, though they may not even realize they have it. The pain associated with runner’s knee has been described as aching underneath or surrounding the kneecap, which gets worse with moderate physical activity involving the legs – such as walking, jogging or engaging in sports. Using pain pills seems to help very little and is short-lived.
Knee Injury Prevention
Chondromalacia can be prevented by strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee – namely, the hamstrings and quadriceps. Knee injury is much more common in women, because their knee joints are smaller than men’s. Consequently, a little extra exertion on women’s part can leave them reeling in pain with torn ligaments and sprains.
As a matter of fact, female athletes have to train smarter and harder in order to contend in usually male-dominated sports. Because the male anatomy can handle more stress on the knee joints, males are less likely to sustain knee injuries in some of these same activities.Leg curls and other exercises that target the hamstrings build a strong muscular framework around the knee so that twists and turns that occur in, say, tennis are less likely to damage the knees in women.
Pilates offers muscle strengthening, toning and balancing exercises that may also be of benefit to women and others prone to knee injury. A Pilates instructor can work with you to, again, gently strengthen the hamstrings and quadriceps muscles in a gradual process that will ease you back into using your knee at full capacity. You should consult your doctor for a specific exercise regimen that is safe and effective to prevent knee injuries.
Magnets for Pain Relief
Another way you can ease the pain in your knee joints and eliminate knee joint stiffness is by using magnetic therapy. The Japanese are very familiar with these techniques, because they practice it regularly in Japan to prevent injuries. Notably one-eighth of all Japanese families use magnetic therapy in some way. In America the practice isn’t as common, but it has been reported to be a great alternative to medicine in alleviating joint pain, making joints more flexible and preventing injuries in the first place.
To treat knee problems, a magnetic therapist may start by rolling small magnets across the entire knee and the surrounding area, as the magnetic waves go to work stimulating joint fluids and beginning the process of healing there. Next, the knees are enclosed in magnetic wraps to calm and soothe muscles.
The medical and scientific field are divided on just how effective magnetic therapy is, but some have reportedly seen improvements and pain reduction in their patients which they attribute to the magnetic waves. One such doctor, Dr. Edward W. Salko, Jr., stands by magnetic therapy as an effective alternative treatment for joint pain outside of traditional medicine. You can purchase magnets and magnetic wraps online by visiting www.magnetictherapysales.com.