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Your knees need some loving: Use RICE therapy on them

by Dave Lery on November 23, 2019

Your knees need some loving: Use RICE therapy on them

 

Isn’t it ironical that the knee is the largest joint in the knee yet the least given attention too? Most knee problems have something to do with the cartilage – the slippery, rubber like tissue covering bones in joints preventing them from grinding against each other. Sometimes the cartilage is worn out due to overuse, at times its sore. The knee isn’t just vulnerable physically, it’s vulnerable from a philosophical perspective too. In the English language, we have phrases like “weak in the knees” that imply vulnerability. Here are the four techniques you could take better care of your knees. Ditching high heels isn’t among them)

 

  1. Rest the pain away

If you face random knee pain when running, you may just need some time off. When running, jogging, or going up a flight of stairs, you’re essentially loading all your weight on one knee at a time. Let the knees rest for a few days before participating in contact sports again.

  1. Ice packs relieve sore knees

Ice the sore part for twenty minutes a few times every day. Ice packs constrict blood flow and shouldn’t be used for long periods.

  1. Compression sleeves work

They’re mainly worn to relieve knee pain and they improve blood circulation while at it. Modvel Knee sleeves are made of Spandex, Latex Fiber and Nylon. The spandex ensures that they slide easily over the knee while the latex fiber ensures that they won’t slip down while you move the joint. The nylon fabric is quick drying and ensures that the sleeves are “breathable”. Knee sleeves can be worn during high impact exercises to improve athletic performance or after workout sessions to enhance recovery.

What symptoms can knee sleeves help alleviate?

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Torn ACL’s
  • General joint pain

How do compression knee sleeves work?

By compressing the knee, compression knee sleeves promote blood circulation in the affected parts of the joint. This aids in faster recovery. They offer support while performing knee rehabilitation exercises further accelerating recovery.

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  1. Elevate the knee

Lie down on your back and place a pillow (or a seat cushion) under the knee. It’s relaxing and will reduce blood flow to the sore area, reducing the inflammation. Loose fitting clothes such as athletic pants and sweatpants are the best for this exercise. Consider using multiple pillows under the calf to ensure that the knee is at least 1 foot (30cm) high.

How do you deal with knee pain? We'd love to hear

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