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Old 08-27-2010, 03:14 PM   #21
Heather-Violet Minnella
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Wink Re: knees...help!

I know that was a lot of information, so thanks for taking the time.

This past Wednesday I paid $120 for 90 minutes of Rolfing. Two and a half days later, I am pleased to say that I still notice a significant difference in my quadriceps flexibility. Prior to having PF pain, I always noticed my "tight" quads. I could always bring my foot back to my butt, but I had an anterior pelic tilt when I did so.

Stretching my hip flexors was something originally overlooked. I try to take breaks every hour or so to stretch my hip flexors, IT band, piriformis, low back, hamstrings, quads, and calves. Even if you only hold the stretch for 10 seconds, SOMEthing is better than nothing! And studies show it's not necessarily the duration of the stretch, but rather the FREQUENCY of stretching that matters! [Confession: I don't do this every hour or so, but NOW THAT THE PAIN IS SEVERELY LIMITING AND "CHRONIC", I absolutely HAVE TO!!!!!!]

If your knee pain is caused by postural problems (which is probable), then it only makes sense that it's going to take TIME to correct the imbalances and let everything "shift around" in the kinetic chain. This is something I am having problems recognizing because I want results NOW!!!!

I'm starting a new PT regiment. I am not doing ANY physical activity other than stretching. I'm continuing to use the PVC pipe, maintaing core and upper body strength/endurance, and totally diregarding my quads & hamstrings. Anything that involves flexion/extension of the knee joint is going to be completely omitted from my routine. Sucks, I know it. But I feel like I've tried everything else.

If you can, let me know how your therapy goes. I'll keep you posted on my Rolfing therapy, as it is known for its corrective postural benefits. Wish you the best of luck, girl.. hang in there!!!
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