Knee Injury

Myofascial Release for Knee Injuries

Despite advancements in ground surfaces and shoe technology over the years, knee injuries appear on the increase from seemingly innocuous events. A consistent theme that pairs with these knee injuries is soft tissue injuries in the legs.

Each week it seems there is another professional athlete sustaining a ligament-related knee injury. At the extreme there is an ACL tear that requires re-construction utilising a hamstring tendon to replace the torn knee ligament and a 12 month rehabilitation program, down to a strained meniscus that will require some weeks to heal.

Despite the success of surgery and strengthening exercises as part of the rehabilitation program there is quite often a soft tissue injury endured by the athlete when they return.

There are a few reasons for this – firstly the scar tissue left as a result of cutting away the tendon and secondly the scar tissue from the knee surgery.

Knee Injury
Myofascial Release and Knee Injuries

The third reason is that the conventional rehabilitation approach doesn’t take into account the fluidity of the connective tissue above and below the knee. As such soft tissue injuries quite often occur post knee surgery.

By utilising the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach when knee pain starts and focusing on the major muscle groups above and below the knees – quadriceps, hamstrings and calves – the soft tissue will become softer and more fluid thus increasing the space in the knee joint. When any of these muscles are tight, the cushioning/shock absorption provided by the muscles and fascia is hindered. In addition, the knee joint becomes compressed, inhibiting the meniscus and synovial fluid production.

To find out more regarding this approach I highly recommend viewing the following video:

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