Are you frustrated with your knee pain that seems to ramp up during the colder months? Do you notice stiffness and/or an achey feeling in the morning, pain and discomfort when going up and down the stairs, or are you hearing some unwelcome clicking or grinding in your knees?
Rest assured, you are not alone.
In today’s blog, I’m going to share with you 3 Free and EASY GIFTS you’ll want to give yourself this holiday season to ease your knee pain.
There are many forms of knee pain and knowing exactly where the root cause of knee pain is coming from can take some deep investigation. And while you can do multiple different exercises to strengthen & stretch your knees and legs, there are a few quick and simple things you can do right now to ease knee pain.
Here are 3 Free and EASY GIFTS to Improve and Ease Your Knee Pain:
1. Sugar is a pain in the joints!
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but since the holidays are always good for sugary-rich food, it’s important that I let you in on this secret. We don’t always associate food with our joints, but in the case of that delicious holiday drink or your sweet carmel dessert, these can contribute to knee pain and discomfort.
Why? Well, sugary foods cause a spike in a hormone called insulin which can start a cascade of reactions that lead to inflammation. If you have a high sugary diet (processed foods included), symptoms of pain and aches can be higher. Sugar can also lead to early joint damage and arthritis.
2. Motion is lotion
In all cases with the knee, gentle bending and straightening of the knee while sitting or standing can ease a LARGE amount of knee pain immediately. Repetitive movements lubricate the joint, which allows the synovial fluid (joint lubrication) to coat the joint and ease discomfort. In all attempts to ease knee pain, gentle rocking has become a go-to for many knee pain suffers.
3. Knee pain (unless trauma related) isn’t always the source of knee pain.
Absolutely you feel the pain in your knee, but from what we see at The Physio Revolution, knee pain is caused from joints above and below the knee… at your hip and ankle level. When alignment or muscle weakness is created above or below, your knee takes the brunt of the workload. Therefore, typically, one must investigate deeper into the whole body complex to help discover how knee pain originated in the first place.
The REAL truth is:
Unintentional habits can be the culprit of why knee pain is staying or even getting worse. Many of those who we help literally have no idea what is causing their knee pain and how to help it.
If you fear your knee pain is or could get worse, it’s worth asking a specialist physical therapist to help during this time. If you want more information right now, then reading this blog will help you understand the #1 type of knee pain we help people with nearly every day…”A Major Source of Knee Pain: Why It Might Be Happening to You!“