The better you understand the problem the easier it is to find the solution. 

The above statement rings true in properly rehabilitating a joint injury. The majority of people like to point to a single activity or incident that caused their injury. Rarely that is the case.  

For example a client has pain in their knee, they point to some lunges they did at the gym. Now the lunges may have exacerbated the problem but it is most likely not the cause. More often it is from a pattern of movement that they engage in every day. Now this bad pattern may have many causes. It could be from a posture they adopted from parents or peers. Minor injuries or continual under or over exertion can also create postural imbalance. Rolled ankles, having one hip higher or improper pelvic tilt will also incubate a joint injury.

This is why finding the pattern that is causing the problem will enable a successful solution to be enacted. This may require one or more practitioners and the new awareness of the client so they too can engage in the healing process.

When you understand the cause the next step is attending to the tight muscles above and below a joint injury they will most likely be tight. Muscles/tendons cross joints. The muscle below a joint attaches to the bones above and the muscle above attach to the bones below. The muscles create an X with the joint in the top middle. The tighter the lower legs of the X are the more compression is applied to the joint. Compression along with misalignment is the chief cause of joint pain and deterioration.  

When a joint’s inherent range is compromised then the muscles do not receive proper stimulation. The muscles thus tighten and the individual in is in a downward spiral.  Tight muscles cause joint compression and misalignment, the compressed misaligned joint causes more muscle tension.

The spiral can be reversed with proper attention by a practitioner and learning the proper stretching technique to relieve muscle tightness. Which brings me to my next blog that is: How to properly stretch compromised muscle.