Do you have knee pain? As soon as the muscles in your body start compensating, or in other words, perform a task that they are not designed to do, the change in tension will pull the joints out of alignment. When this happens, pain will follow. Look at the pictures to the left and compare them to your own knee position. The photos show what the knees can look like when they are out of position. Your knees should be pointed straight ahead, in line with your feet, which also should be pointing straight ahead. If this is not the case, or if your knees point straight ahead, but your feet turn out, or if you are knock kneed or bow-legged, then there will be torque and stress in the knees with each and every step. Simply put, if your knees are not tracking correctly, you will experience pain at some point. Successful treatment for knee pain and the root cause of inflammation degeneration in the knee requires complete assessment of and correction of biomechanics and joint position. Stimulating and returning function to the hips, shoulders, knees and ankles will allow them to hinge properly and move as they were originally designed, without grinding and pain.
Tendonitis literally means inflammation of a tendon. Let’s look at the structure and function of tendons in the body. Muscles attach to bones by way of a very tough fibrous structure called tendons. The muscles are flexible, but the tendons are not. All muscles have a specific job to do. Larger stronger muscles generally are designed to move bones (prime movers). Smaller muscles generally are designed to hold bones or joints stable (stabilizers). When the proper healthy alignment of our major joints, pelvis and spine are compromised, the body starts to compensate by distributing weight differently. When this happens, instead of the equal muscle tension around a joint, the muscle tension is increased on one side and decreased on the opposite side of the joint. This causes major strain on the muscle AND the tendon that joins the muscle to the bone. When the muscle gets overused or tight, then the tendons are also put under increased strain. Over time, the overstressed tendon becomes inflamed and pain results. Basically, tendonitis is just a symptom of muscle imbalance. The root cause of tendonitis is misalignment resulting from muscle imbalances. In order to reverse the pain from tendonitis, you must first identify where the imbalance and dysfunction is stemming from, and then stimulate the muscles to balance the muscle tension and bear weight evenly between all of the load joints of the body, just like they were designed to do.
ARTHRITIS / DEGENERATION
Inflammation caused by poor joint position over a period of time is one major and often overlooked cause of arthritis. "Arth" refers to joints and "itis" refers to inflammation. Since the diagnosis simply means inflammation, you have to determine WHY the joint is inflamed in order to treat it effectively. Uneven pressure that wears down cartilage and results in inflammation is caused by uneven weight distribution and imbalance across the load joints. In a fully functioning body, all of the primary load joints, the ankle, knee, hip, and shoulder line up vertically and level horizontally. This positioning allows the joints to be able to move freely through their full range of motion, absorb shock evenly, stabilize the body under load or stress, and receive optimal circulation. The primary load bearing joints will not “wear out” or become inflamed if they are stacked at right angles and bearing weight evenly. Hips or shoulders that are elevated or twisted forward, knock knees, bowlegged knees, or knees that turn outward or inward are all examples of joints that are not in their horizontally or vertically stacked position. These misalignments will wreak havoc with your muscles, bones and joints.
For most people, uneven joint position and inflamed joints are a result of injuries where the joint was never rehabbed to 100%, or is a result of poor posture over time. Remember, the joint is inflamed for a reason. If a joint is not positioned properly, then it will wear down unevenly due to uneven pressure on one aspect of the interior surface of the joint. When this happens, cartilage degeneration occurs and inflammation develops as the body's only way to protect the inner joint surfaces. The GREAT news is the muscles that moved your bones and joints out of position over time can also move your body back to its balanced, stacked position. Look at your body to see where the misalignments could be causing arthritis or degeneration, and/or contact a therapist now to start unraveling your muscle imbalances and compensations.