When I used to work as a personal trainer, I heard this all the time, "I can't do that, it hurts my knees!". It would get pretty irritating trying to modify exercises, work with the Athletic Therapist, all for no real answers of why this person had knee pain.
I even struggled with it myself! My knees would give me grief doing any form of lunging, especially while wanting to grow a boot-ay, that wasn't exactly fun.
I used to get SO frustrated... why wasn't I getting answers?
I'm young, I'm healthy, I've never done anything that has injured my knee. Why were my knees in so much pain? Sure, I did as much as I could physically. I strengthened my quadriceps, I stretched my hamstrings. I went to physio, chiro, massage. It would help, but only temporarily. It got to the point that the pain was starting to effect my hips, and then my back.
...And queue BodyTalk.
I started working with a practitioner who worked with releasing stuck emotions from the connective tissue. Low and behold, the pain went away! That's what happens! When we don't express our emotions in a healthy manner, the body has no idea what to do with the "emotions molecules" that are floating around. So it sends them away for storage, and usually that's the connective tissue. The connective tissue then gets dense and tight, limiting your range of motion and even triggering a minor inflammatory response!
Interestingly enough, the knees have a funny pattern to them. Often, knee pain represents: an inability to cope with life (do you fear change? Handle your stress well?), excessive or not enough willpower, (do you allow people to walk all over you? Or are you overly stubborn?), flexibility (can you keep an open mind? Or are you rigid in your thinking and beliefs?), and fear.
The kidney meridian, which you may know from some of my previous posts, runs through the knee. It is an essential meridian in Traditional Chinese Medicine, responsible for sexuality and sensuality, as well as your foundations in life, fear, survival, and coping. When your kidney meridian is in balance, you may feel level headed, determined, and rational.
When I was experiencing a chronic, and debilitating pain in both knees, I was also going through a huge transition period in my life. Sure, I was working as a personal trainer, and it did make me happy. However, I was being challenged with my beliefs on spirituality and was constantly finding myself secretly searching for ways to start practicing it. It wasn't until the emotions were addressed, and I truly started to stand my ground when it came to, well, skeptical assholes, that I was able to address my pain.
Wishing you all healthy, happy knees!
Until next time,