Relieving Knee & Hip Pain

 

Hip or knee disorders are often particularly painful, since these joints support the weight of the upper body. If you stand on one foot, your body weight – minus the weight of the standing leg – would be resting on your hip and knee joints.

When you walk or run, the hip and knee have to absorb forces many times the weight of the body. These forces can be several hundred pounds.

When you add arthritis or fibromyalgia to the great deal of stress and wear on these joints, other surrounding muscle groups are often strained or contracted. This results in the additional issues of sciatica or back pain and discomfort.

You can help yourself relieve knee and hip pain. Both brisk walking and Self-Acupressure can help with these difficulties.

Brisk Walking

Certain exercises help to maintain the length of the muscles. This makes them more efficient and stronger than muscles that have been allowed to shorten. Brisk walking, while freely swinging your arms by your sides, is one of the best exercises for lengthening and strengthening the muscles of weight-bearing joints.

People with pain or soreness tend to walk slowly. But slow walking, even if done for longer periods of time than brisk walking, does not effectively exercise the muscles through their full range. And maximum force is not exerted on the muscles.

If you’re able to do brisk walking, it can be beneficial. You can combine walking with Acupressure for the greatest benefit.

However, If you can’t walk briskly, then focus on using the Self-Acupressure points.

Benefits of Self-Acupressure

The weakened muscles of a person with knee or hip pain, or from fibromyalgia or arthritis, can lead to decreased activity and mobility. Self-Acupressure methods can be extremely helpful for problems in the leg and pelvic areas.

Here are some points and instructions from the Pain Relief category of Self-Acupressure A to Z.

Resources for Self-Healing

You can learn even more Self-Acupressure points and routines on this website.

Causes of Hip Pain

The following excerpt from the Acupressure Pain Relief book will show you how much detailed information is included. You’ll also find many Acupressure points and routines for the whole body.

Restrictive clothing

Fashion strongly influences how we carry ourselves, which unfortunately is usually in an unhealthy way. For example, it is fashionable to appear slim. As people tighten or hold in their stomachs in an attempt to meet the fashion ideal, a great deal of pelvic and abdominal tension can result.

Tight pants and other tapered clothes, which are cut to highlight this slim look, add to the problem. The result is tension, decreased flexibility and mobility in the pelvis, and impaired functioning of the pelvic organs.

Poor Posture & Lack of Movement

The pelvic is designed to move in all directions. However, many people have sedentary lifestyles, in which sitting at desks, riding in cars, and waiting in lines are all common routines. This stagnates the body, since it does not have an opportunity to be fully moved and stretched.

This lack of movement becomes a permanent pattern, then tension builds and the body becomes more tight and congested. Posture suffers as a result, since the entire skeletal frame is being thrown out of alignment.

You can see how common this problem is by simply noticing how few people have fluid, strong posture, and how many have their knees locked, pelvises protruding backward (producing a sway back), and shoulders hunched up.

Under the brunt of this bad posture, the pelvis becomes rigid, almost locked into one position. This impairs circulation, weakens genital functioning, and can cause constipation, lumbago, and sciatica.

Chest & Shoulder Tension

There is a direct relationship between tension in the upper and lower portions of the spine. When one portion is out of proper alignment, a strain is put on the other to compensate, so that you end up with tension and poor alignment in both areas.

Since most people are more aware of their shoulder tension than their pelvic tension, it is important to work on the pelvis to cultivate an awareness of the tension stored there.

The depth of the breath is also a barometer for pelvic arthritis and tension. Breathing cannot be full and deep if there is tension in the chest or the abdominal and pelvic areas.

Emotional Associations

The pelvis is also considered the gate of the abdomen, where we experience our “gut level” feelings. Abdominal tensions can block off these feelings, so that we tend to lose touch with our true needs and desires.

Our emotions and their expressions are inhibited by tension and repression. This, of course, results in frustration, since no matter what we do, our deep needs remain unmet.

Many people are stuck in this frustration. The substitute “gratifications” they turn to in an attempt to relieve this frustration are usually destructive habits. Examples are smoking, drinking, overeating, or eating nonnutritional foods solely for taste or sensation.

These habits not only do not satisfy the person, but they also weaken and toxify the body. This makes the true satisfaction of health and well-being more and more elusive.

Ideally, pelvic tensions — and their associated emotions — are gradually released in a balanced way. Releasing pelvic tension can enable a person to become liberated from anxiety, worry, and fear. Then you can more fully experience inner gratification and move forward in life.

Acupressure Pain Relief is available both as a printed book and an eBook

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