Knee pain often results from tight muscles that connect into different aspects of the knee causing misalignment in knee function which overtime creates issues. Exam-ples of tight muscles that may lead to knee pain are: quad muscles, hamstring mus-cles or popliteus muscles located at the back of our knee; or we may have tight muscles in our shins, our calves or on the underside of our feet.
We will start with the feet since they are our structural foundation. While standing and supporting yourself with your hand on a countertop or wall place your acuBall Mini on the floor and roll it around applying enough body weight to feel like you are actually ‘getting in’ there. Explore the bottom of your foot moving slowly (1 inch per second) so you can really sense your body’s information – it will clearly tell you where it wants you to go to release tightened areas.
Remember, your feet are your foundation. If they are tight, there is no way that your knee joint can function properly.
Use your heated acuBack while kneeling to release tight calf and shin muscles (make sure to watch the videos in the ‘Click Where You Hurt’ section on our website or download our free APP for proper instructions). Also release tight quads located above your knee in the front of your leg while lying on your front and tight ilio-tibial band areas on the outside of your legs while lying on your side (because these areas are usually very tight we recommend doing this in bed for best results). While sitting in a chair you can place your heated acuBack behind your legs to release tight hamstring muscles and directly behind the knee to release tight popliteus muscles.
By doing all of these areas you’ll notably improve the function of the knee joint, al-lowing much better motion and improved athletic performance. That’s why a lot of pro athletes use acuProducts to enhance their athletic capability and reduce their risk of injury.
Use the acuBall Mini as a powerful release tool for the muscles in the outer part of your leg. Athletes love this move. Why? Muscles commonly tighten in the outer as-pect of your lower leg. These are called the peroneus brevis and longus muscles. Many people who have gone over on their ankle have contracted these muscles.
Lying on your side with your leg slightly bent place the acuBall Mini under your lower leg and start to move yourself up or down to tune in the exact right spot. Your body will very clearly tell you, when you’ve found it. If you can’t find it, it means you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. When you do find the right spot, you’ll know… it will be tender. Hold it, and breathe nice deep full releasing breaths for 2 or 3 minutes until you feel the tight spot extinguish. When that’s done, move yourself down to the next spot and hold the acuBall Mini there the same way. Remember that your breath is key in releasing any tension or contraction that you feel.