Knee pain is a common occurrence that appears to be happening more often in recent years. Thisâ€™s thought to be the result of an increase in activity, and longevity.
Thereâ€™re many things that can cause knee pain. Torn tendons and ligaments are one of them.
Sometimes the cartilage, soft tissue in your knee breaks down from normal use. This causes your bones to rub against each other, which causes knee pain to occur.
Knee disorders can cause pain. Some might include bursitis, tendonitis, iliotibial band syndrome, osteoarthritis, Osgood, dislocated kneecap, and plica syndrome.
Besides pain, these disorders can cause inflammation and swelling in and around the knee joint.
Sometimes if an injury didnâ€™t heal correctly, or wasnâ€™t taken care of properly, it can cause pain.
The doctor might advise you to use heat, or ice on the affected area to help relieve pain and swelling. Many suggest RICE Rest, ice, compression and elevation.
He might suggest you start taking an NSAIDS non-steroid anti-inflammatory agents. This toÂ reduce pain and swelling. He might also suggest an NSAID topical cream.
If the swelling is bad enough, the doctor might decide to do cortisone shots in the affected area.
He might suggest using some sort of assistive devices like crutches, or cane when youâ€™re mobile. He might suggest using a brace to keep the knee immobilized while it heals.
He might order a stronger pain medicine and perhaps an oral steroid like prednisone to reduce the pain and swelling. Bracoo Breathable Neoprene Knee Support, One Size, Black,Manufactured by: Yasco
There are other pain relief treatment options. Two of them are acupuncture and acupressure.
With acupuncture, the doctor will insert small needles into certain areas of the body. This will help alleviate pain and other disorders you might be experiencing.
People assume this treatment begins in early China around 1100 BC. This type of treatmentâ€™s believed to correct the imbalance in the flow qi.
Itâ€™s also thought that the needles stimulate the body into releasing chemicals, which relieves pain and helps the body heal itself.
Acupressure was first established in Asia thousands of years ago. With the use of pressure point massage, it encourages the body to heal itself balancing and using its own natural energy.
Itâ€™s similar to acupuncture because it utilizes the same pressure points. Acupressure uses slight pressure and massage where acupuncture uses small needles.
It has shown to help with poor circulation, stress-related disorders, and helps boost the immune system. It also helps purify the body of harmful toxins.
Some use it to tone muscles and to obtain better health and overall beauty. Others use it for fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain, fatigue, recover from addiction, emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, and trauma.
Itâ€™s also used as a beauty regimen. Over time, your skin loses elasticity from the normal daily activities, this causes wrinkles to form.
Using these pressure point areas will enhance muscle tone in the face and other surrounding areas, while it increases blood circulation.
By massaging these areas, with the use of facial exercises, youâ€™ll repair the elasticity in the muscles, which reduces wrinkles. Massaging the areaÂ releases toxins from your skin which helps with appearance.
Acupressure also helps with sexual arousal, duration,Â and sexual pleasure. By touching, kissing and massages these areas during intercourse, you unblock sexual energy, which enhances the overall experience. Acupressure is known to help with infertility.
Acupressure can be used for back pain relief. The pressure areas are located on both sides of your spine. Placing tennis balls against these areas, help relieve the pain.
Stress, fatigue, tension,Â and worrying can disorderÂ to occur. Sometimes these things will exacerbate symptoms of an existing disorder, Acupressure can help alleviate these things by restoring the bodyâ€™s natural energy balance.
The Top 10 Acupressure Points to Helps Relieve Knee Pain
- Shady Side of the Mountain
This area is located just behind the knee on either side. Use your index finger and your pointer finger to apply pressure, hold for ten minutes. This decrease knee pain, edema muscle cramps, tension and varicose veins.
- Calf nose
This areaâ€™s located underneath the kneecap on the outside of your leg. Massage the area in a circular motion for five. You can add a little pressure if you like.
- Commanding activity
Itâ€™s located on the outside crease of a bent knee. Apply pressure in a circular motion, for ten minutes. This decreases pain and stiffness.
- Commanding Middle
Apply pressure on the middle area behind the knee, at the knee joint crease. This helps relieve back pain, sciatica pain, knee stiffness and arthritis
- Three Mile Point
This is two inches, or four fingers down from the kneecap, and a finger width toward the outside.Â Putting pressure on this area will stop knee pain, help with muscle tone and strengthen your body.
- Crooked Spring
This pressure point is inside the knee at the end of the bent knee crease. It relieves pain and swelling of the knee and fibroids.
- Sunny Side of the Mountain
This pressure points located on the outer lower leg, below and in front of the head of the shin bone. It helps with muscle tension, strain aches,Â and knee pain.
- Nourishing Valley
Take two fingers, and place them on the edge of the crease in your knee, in the hollow area between the two tendons. Slowly move your fingers up and down as you apply a small amount of pressure.
Do this for 7 minutes, repeating three times a day. This relieves tension in your knee, abdominal pain,Â and disorders of the genitals.
- Spine reflex
This pointâ€™s located on the bottom of your foot. It runs from the bottom of your big toe to your heal. Massage for ten minutes to relieve back pain.
- Knee reflex
You can find this one finger length down from your ankle bone. With a small amount of pressure, massage in an up and down motion with your thumb for five minutes.