I heard you’ve been having knee problems, and you’ve tried everything you can think of to help it out. Painkillers every day. Herbal remedies. Anti-inflammatory diet. Comfort diet. Braces. Exercises. Rest.
Well, there’s another cause of your knee pain that you may be overlooking.
You’re fooling yourself if you think treating your knee in isolation is going to make things better. You’re going to need to look beyond the area where it hurts to protect this vulnerable joint.
First things first, You have to look at the way your foot and ankle is moving, supporting, and absorbing shock. Most of us are going around not moving enough in the foot and ankle, and moving too much in the knee. Your primary shock absorber in your body is your foot and ankle. If your foot and ankle doesn’t move well enough, your knee becomes the body part that absorbs every step you take. Your knees start out remarkably strong, but they aren’t designed to take this kind of abuse over time.
For your feet and ankles, I recommend short foot exercises to strengthen and loosen the intrinsic muscles in your feet. Check back here for in-depth instruction in a future article. In short, you must get the muscles in your feet to contract and move, and it’s not easy. These muscles are use to being passive, and you haven’t used them much in decades.
Second, I recommend that you go to your chiropractor and make sure he adjusts your foot and ankle this time. If he doesn’t know how, maybe find a new one. Getting your feet and ankle moving better after they have been locked up for years is very rewarding, and it’s my opinion that a good specific foot and ankle adjustment is essential as a foundation in your whole-body balance.
The other part of your knee pain is your twisted pelvis. You’re pelvis may be rocked out of place, and you may not even realize it. Sure, you might feel a little bit of stiffness as you rise out of a chair, but your pelvic imbalance could be insidiously causing problems for your low back and your knees.
When your pelvis is torqued out of place, it throws off the way the muscles support your body and control the swing in your steps. When one side of your hip is rolled backward and stuck in that position, it can make your thigh swing wide when you walk, causing all kinds of unnatural forces on your knees. If you are having knee problems, you need to start with a foundation of a balanced pelvis.
Your chiropractor should be evaluating your feet and ankles and your pelvis on every visit if you are having problems with your knees. Tackling this issue from both sides of the knees is important if your body is going to heal with good function. This prevents repetitive strain on your knees and it allows the tensile stretch on your healing ligaments and tendons to be in their proper, anatomically correct alignment.
Todd Lloyd, DC
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