Knees

Knees take a surprisingly large load in activity. If your knees sometimes get crabby, Structural Integration may benefit you by improving alignment and releasing strains in your structure. However, I also think it’s important to pay attention to the strength of the muscles that support the knee. This video (also, below) from Hilton Head Health shows exercises that you can do at home without any special equipment.

Another helpful action, if one is carrying a few extra pounds, is to reduce weight. Even a little bit helps, as described in these statistics from a book by Dr. Louis Aronne.

  • “For every pound of weight lost, there is a four-pound reduction in the load exerted on the knee with each step taken.”
  • “Studies have shown that patients with osteoarthritis in the knee have improved function by 28 percent with a 10 percent weight loss.”

More resources
TPT’s Next Avenue: 9 Best Knee-Strengthening Exercises
Exercises from Knee Pain Explained

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