I just was watching the video below on You Tube regarding knee pain, arthritis, & martial arts.
A Dr. Farshcian out of Miami, Florida stated in his video that “one of the main causes of Osteoarthritis is trauma” in the affected joint. In the above mentioned video regarding knee pain and Dr. Farshchian gives the example of a martial arts kick which traumatized the knee joint initially and then at a later date begins to develop into arthritis in that joint.
Dr. Batmanghelidj in his book, “You’re Not Sick You’re Thirsty!” indicated that after 20 years of studying the effects of chronic dehydration in the body. He has treated cases of knee pain by increasing the patients water intake. He determined that when the body is dehydrated the PH level of the body drops creating an acidic state in the body. If this state remains in the body for a long enough period of time can develop into arthritis.
Now based on the previous two Doctors’ research. I believe that even if a body is fully hydrated and maintains a neutral PH (recommended by Dr. B at 7.4). If there is trauma to a certain area of the body such as a knee joint, resulting in knee pain and developing into arthritis. The knee itself is holding a tension pattern (to protect itself from getting injured further) engaged by the sympathetic nervous system “turned on” by the trauma. So with all this being said and established, the knee joint is still unable to “wash out” the acidic state because the knee is holding too much tension for the proper amount of water to get into the joint to adequately flush the acidic state out of the joint.
The key to getting the adequate amount of water in the joint begins with first properly hydrating the body. The next is to resolve the tension pattern in the knee preventing the water from getting to the entire joint.
So the question is how does you resolve the tension pattern in the knee?
and the answer is – To find a position of comfort. Because in the position of comfort the knee feels safe, supported, and listened to. In this position of comfort, the body’s self-corrective reflexes engage and the body spontaneously lets go of the tension, pain, stress, or discomfort it is holding onto due to the initial trauma it experienced from the martial arts training.
So what does this mean in terms that the average person with knee pain resulting from arthritis can understand.
1.) Drink more water
2.) Find a position of comfort in the knee to take the tension off of the knee so the water can wash it out. (You can think of it like un-kinking the garden hose)
Anyhow, I am going to have some videos up on this blog in the next couple of days that will begin to teach you how to find that position of comfort. So your body can begin to let go of the tension it is holding in your knees.
Bill (The Knee Pain Guru)
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