Knee & Leg Pain

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7 Easy Knee Pain Relief Treatments

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Knee pain can literally stop you in your tracks. These knee pain treatments may help. Many muscles in the leg cross at the knee joint, so you want to treat the whole area to get maximum knee pain relief.

To start off, you can help mobilize your knee joint and get some traction or distraction by using an ankle weight, and let your foot hang down without touching the floor. Gently swing it back and forth, and side to side to loosen up the joint area.

Then you can begin stretching the muscles around the knee with a calf stretch and a hamstring stretch with a strap. Both of these muscles (tendons) cross the knee joint, so when they are tight, it can cause pain.

People often ask when should they use ice and when should they use heat for an injury. In general, using heat before you stretch and exercise helps loosen up the area to help you get better flexibility, and then ice afterwards to calm back down any inflammation in the area. The folks at Cureve Natural Therapies have a great large hot and cold therapy gel pack wrap you can use before and after you workout.

Next is a quad stretch with a strap. The quad tendon is attached to the patella (kneecap), so if it’s tight, it can put a lot of pressure on the knee joint.

Finally some gentle exercises will help get the muscles working properly again. A quad set and standing heel (calf) raises do a great job of strengthening the muscles.

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Restless Legs Syndrome Relief (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes uncomfortable or painful sensations in the legs and an overwhelming urge to move them. It often happens in the evening or when you are trying to go to sleep.

To help relieve restless legs syndrome symptoms, start off by massaging, foam rolling, or using a rolling stick to relax the large muscles in your legs like your quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles.

Once you have massaged them out, you can stretch all of these muscles as well with a stretch strap, dog leash, or belt.

Some exercises like ankle pumps and bridges help work the muscles to fatigued them out. This should help calm them down as well.

Finally, the child’s pose is a great stretch for the whole body, and can really help you calm everything back down before you go to sleep.

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These knee exercises are more advanced (they even got me a little winded!), and they should help strengthen your knees and decrease knee pain. If they are too difficult, check out my knee pain moderate exercise video.

Single leg bridges are a great way to work the muscles all around your knee to help relieve knee pain. If you are not quite ready for it you can use both legs.

Squats and squats with a ball squeeze work the muscles around the knee together to keep them balanced. Make sure you are using correct form.

Using a band for sidestepping and a 4 way hip not only work your hip muscles, but they work your knee muscles as well.

Finally single leg heel raises and single leg squats are a great knee exercise, but they can be very difficult, so make sure to start by holding onto something for balance.

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Buy Knee Pain WorksheetThese knee pain exercises should help strengthen your knees and decrease knee pain. If these moderate knee exercises are too difficult, check out my beginner knee pain video first.

The first knee pain exercises are bridges, clamshells, and a four way hip lying down. These not only work your knees, but your hips as well.

Bridges with a band make your muscles work together to help them stay balanced. Sometimes when you have an injury, the muscles become imbalanced, and don’t work together.

Sit to stand, heel/toe raises, and single leg balance exercises work your hips, knees, and ankles. All these areas need to be strong to help your knees stay strong and decrease the knee pain.

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