Knee & Joint Pain
Massage and stretching can help reduce pain in knees and major hip and leg joints.
Steps to Relief
A regimen of both massage and stretching usually helps aching knees. Begin by massaging the quadriceps muscles (large upper leg muscles above the knee), which contain the trigger points often associated with knee pain. With legs stretched out in front of you, begin with a firm massage of the front/center of the quad, using short, repeated strokes in one direction. Next, massage the inner thigh, just above the knee, using the same technique, followed by a firm massage of the length of the outer thigh.
A gentle massage of the kneecap should follow, which will relax ligaments, tendons and muscles. Begin with the top of the kneecap, moving outward with short stokes. Follow with circular motions around the kneecap, followed by a gentle massage of the base of the kneecap.
Finish by stretching the muscles that support the knees: quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and hip abductor muscles.
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Rest and/or active recovery: First of all, ease into workouts. If you haven’t been working out on a regular basis, going full throttle right away, particularly with consecutive-day workouts, is going to result and aching muscles.
Hydrate: Drinking water during and after exercise helps the body rid itself of toxins, while fighting off dehydration, which can result in painful muscles and excruciating muscle cramps.
Proper nutrition: Protein sources are necessary to rebuild muscle tissue and fuel the function of various cells, tissues and enzymes. Carbohydrates are vital, as well.