The unthinkable has happened. A deep-rooted stomach pain mirrors the very real and uncomfortable pain in your knee. You must come to terms with the gut-wrenching fact that you are suffering from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), better known as the dreaded runner’s knee.
Runner’s knee is reported to be one of the most common running ailments, and steps, hills and uneven terrain seek only to aggravate its wrath further.
Symptoms can vary from tenderness behind or around the patella, the epicentre usually located towards the central kneecap area and pain felt towards the back area of the knee with a sensation of weakness and the feeling that the knee might give out.
WHAT CAUSES RUNNER’S KNEE?
Runner’s knee results when running stress creates inflammation in the area where the kneecap (patella) rests upon the thigh bone (femur).
Bio-mechanical issues are thought to be the primary cause, with weakness and poor conditioning of the quadriceps and tightened hamstrings indicated as main trigger factors.
As with any injury, it is important to seek the right medical advice before embarking on any ‘self treatment’, so ensuring no underlying issues threaten successful recovery or cause further damage.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THERE ARE WAYS TO RECOVER FROM INJURY FAST!
What can we do when faced with issues such as not only runners knee but also conditions like shin splints, herniated disks or lower back pain?
Reducing mileage and working on strengthening exercises are probably the two most important factors. Utilising low impact full body exercise regimes similar to those offered by Me-Mover significantly promotes pain relief and helps to bolster many areas of the body, including;
Working with equipment such as the Me-Mover helps to reduce load and offer low impact exercise opportunities and provide cross training workouts tailored to personal requirements. It’s a commonly known fact, that the actions performed during running create massive impact forces which can often cause damage to a runner’s joints. Fortunately, you can avoid this type of injury by using equipment such as the Me-Mover FIT 2.0. The step machine’s design ensures that impact is not only reduced but in fact eliminated entirely as the users’ feet never actually make contact with the road’s surface.
Exercises such as hamstring, calf and quadricep stretches, wall squats, leg raise and knee extensions are all also of great benefit when working towards injury resolution and details on how to safely and efficiently perform these exercises are easily sourced online or by utilising the services of a personal trainer or qualified physical therapist.
RESEARCH INTO RUNNERS KNEE
Research confirms that stabilising the kinetic chain, also known as the ‘Human Movement System’ is key to reducing runners knee pain. In 1955 Art Steindler, an orthopaedic surgeon identified the kinetic chain and the theory that joints and muscles don’t work individually but unite in togetherness to operate as a group during all physical motion.
This kinetic chain comprises of three interrelated systems:
- MUSCULAR – Fascia, tendons, ligaments, muscles
- ARTICULAR – Joints/Bones
- NERVOUS – Central and peripheral nerves In short, it’s everything ‘body’ that makes us physically us!
WHAT ABOUT INDIVIDUAL EXERCISE REQUIREMENTS?
As individuals, we are unique, and so it’s hardly a surprise that our workout needs are too. Whether we want to train outdoors, develop off-road skills or action our indoor Super Hero, we need to find a way to provide necessary strength work and encourage nerves, muscles and joints to work together producing motion as in the theory of how the kinetic chain works. Me-Movers FIT innovative design offers a personalised, and dedicated training plan, supporting low impact activities and helping to activate and develop six major muscle groups.
The fun fitness opportunities provided by the Me-Mover further cements the three-wheeled outdoor step machine is sure to be a great hit for all users and clearly an excellent lifestyle choice.