What is knee pain?
One of the most common causes we visit our doctors and GP’s for is the onset of knee pain. It is the most common musculoskeletal problem that is reported to our GP’s. This is due to the knee joint being compromised of many structures, including ligaments, cartilage, bones, tendons, muscles and fat pads. Knee pain can be caused by any of these structures being impaired or damaged. Even though people decide to live with the pain, you shouldn’t have too. Massage is a known treatment method that helps alleviate knee pain, which will be outlined further in this blog.
Causes of Knee Pain.
A knee sprain occurs when one or more ligaments in your knee are suddenly stretched or torn. Ligaments are tissues that hold bones together. Ligaments support the knee and keep the joint and bones in the correct position. They help you walk, twist and turn. There are 4 main ligaments surrounding the knee: Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Posterior Cruciate Ligament, Medial Collateral Ligament and Lateral Collateral Ligament.
Massage on Ligament Sprains
Sports massage helps enhance the healing process for ligament injuries when applied directly to the ligament in the form of cross friction massage. It helps to reduce scar tissue formation and helps to re-align the new fibres with the ligament.
A muscle strain, or pulled muscle, occurs when your muscle is overstretched or torn. This usually occurs as a result of fatigue, overuse, or improper use of a muscle. Strains can happen in any muscle, but regarding the knee, common strains are seen to occur at the hamstrings and quadriceps.
Massage on Muscle Strains
After a muscular strain has occurred, scar tissue can build up around the muscle at the site of injury. Sports Massage helps breakdown this scar tissue and release the tension within the muscles. It also helps aid the recovery of muscle strains by helping alleviate the symptoms of muscle soreness, pumping important nutrients to the injured muscles and removing the toxins within the muscles.
Muscle Tightness is when your muscles feel tight and you find it more difficult to move than usual, especially after rest and physical acivity. You may also have muscle pains, cramping, and discomfort. This is a common symptom felt prior to a muscle strain occurring.
Massage on Muscle Tightness
Massage on these tight muscles helps improve the flexibility of the muscles and also the mobility around the joint hat they are acting on. By receiving sports massage on your tight muscles around the knee, it helps prevent the occurrence of muscle strains occurring.
Bursitis is inflammation and swelling of a bursa. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac which forms under the skin, usually over the joints, and acts as a cushion between the tendons and bones. The most common bursitis complaint around the knee is known as Prepatellar Bursitis. This involves inflammation of a bursa at the front of the knee. Localised inflammation and swelling can produce a lime or even grapefruit sized lump under the skin. It can be caused by repetitive kneeling and also falling directly onto the knee cap.
Massage on Knee Bursitis
Receiving a sports massage for knee bursitis has many benefits. First of all, it helps to reduce the pain being felt around the joint by removing the harmful toxins acting on the joint. It also helps reduce the swelling significantly around the knee via flushing the fluid up towards our lymph glands which act as the bodies drainage system.
Patella tendinitis is an injury to the tendon connecting your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. Patella tendonitis, also known as jumper’s knee, is most common in athletes whose sports involve frequent jumping — such as basketball and volleyball. However, even people who don’t participate in jumping sports can get patella tendonitis. There is significant swelling around the tendon and also pain on touch.
Massage on Patella Tendonitis
The use of cross friction massage directly on the tendon helps to reduce the pain, reduce the swelling and increase the tendons healing process. If the quadriceps are tight also, they will pull on the tendon causing an increase in the pain. So, by working on both the quadriceps and the tendon, it will help increase the flexibility around the joint.
If you feel like you are suffering with any of these conditions or believe that you have any symptoms that could lead to the onset, don’t hesitate to contact the clinic and book yourself in for a massage treatment, with our amazing introductory offer still at 29£ for an hour!