3 Things To Stop Doing To Ease Knee Pain Fast
Have you ever experienced knee pain?
The kind that slows you down in life, niggles when you walk up and down the stairs, hurts every time you bend down, aches when you sit, and just generally leaves you feeling frustrated wondering when it’s finally going to wear off…
If that sounds like you, you’re not alone.
Painful knees are one of the most common things we see people living with at Apple Physio. And a lot of people get frustrated because they don’t understand WHY it’s happening to them.
Some people think knee pain is just a part of ‘getting old’, because a friend or close family member told them it happens to everyone.
Some people think knee pain is one of those things that comes and goes, hoping it’ll magically disappear one day when they wake up… (but it ends up staying longer, and sometimes gets worse).
The sudden onset of knee pain can be confusing. Sometimes it happens because of a nasty fall or a movement you did that set it off. But more often than not we see people suffering with knee pain because of everyday habits we do without even realising.
Maybe these habits are making your knee pain worse too? Here’s 3 of the most common bad habits we see people doing…
Wearing The Wrong Shoes
It’s sad but true, your favourite pair of heels, or smart suit shoes, could be causing your knee pain (and making it worse).
High heels change the way you walk, as do smart suit shoes that are too tight, placing additional stress on your knees.
To combat this, wear shoes with cushioning. Shoes with good cushioning can absorb the impact of your foot hitting the ground, preventing the shock from getting to your knees. Specialised inserts (like Orthotics) are perfect for offering more comfort and protecting your knees.
And about high heels, you don’t have to give them up altogether, save them for special occasions instead.
Sitting With Your Legs Bent
There’s so much ‘gossip’ that surrounds knee pain, but this is fact… you and I were not designed to sit. It goes against every basic, fundamental rule of the way we originally evolved as humans.
When you sit at a desk, or in a chair with your knees bent underneath, you’re placing your knee in a position that is un-natural – and a position knees really aren’t built to be in for too long. Your hip flexors get really tight and this opens a “can of worms” that can really affect your knees.
Limit the amount of time you sit with your knees bent, and keep moving! Stand as often as possible.
Taking It Easy (A Little Too Easy)
A lot of people we see think ‘rest’ is the solution to getting rid of knee pain. But when you’re told to ‘rest’, rest doesn’t mean laying on the sofa watching your favourite TV series back to back all day long. It means not doing ‘too much’.
I’m not saying rest isn’t important – it is! The problem with too much rest is that it makes your joints tight and stiff. Try to do low-impact exercises that don’t put too much strain on your knees.
You could go swimming, enjoy a light walk, Pilates, go for a cycle – all of these exercises are great for fitness and for your knees.
Are you doing any of these three things?
If your answer is ‘yes’, putting an end to these three habits TODAY will help ease your knee pain, and stop it from getting any worse than it needs to be.
There’s obviously so much more you can do too – like do exercises which have been tailored for you, and your knee pain, by a Physio, and get hands-on specialist treatment.
But these are the fundamentals. If you apply them daily, you’ll feel a huge difference.
If you’d like more info on this, and some easy, actionable tips you can use now to start easing your knee. We have a free knee pain guide that we can send you. Connect with us on 01344 489 398 or click here to fill out our contact form. Please enter your details and tell us what’s going on with your knee. A member of the team can email or post you a copy.
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About the Author: Leslie Abrahams
Leslie is a Physio, Pilates Educator and Rehab Specialist who has a special interest in Spinal Treatments, lower limb injuries, and has vast experience dealing with patients post injury or surgery. Every week, for over 20 years, 100’s of people aged 30-64+ have consulted the Apple Physio team looking for answers to concerning questions about, and for, a fast end to their health worries and physical pains and stiffness.
Leslie is a Master Trainer for the world renowned Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute(APPI). He is regular key note speaker at conferences and travels internationally to present on modified exercise for rehabilitation. Leslie is the Director of Apple Physio Clinics situated in Bracknell and Windsor. Berkshire’s Specialist Private Physiotherapy Practice for People in their 30’s. 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, who want to keep healthy and active.