Five Minutes from Frances - Knee Twinges on the Stairs

Five Minutes from Frances - Knee Twinges on the Stairs


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Thanks to Karen for this question.
 
So you’re going downstairs and one or both of your knees says ouch.

1: If you’ve had a knee problem for a while, please get it checked out by a primary healthcare practitioner.  Never leave joint problems indefinitely; you may need referring for X-rays or treatment.
 
2: Question: could you be continuing to move in response to an issue that is otherwise now resolved?

3: Before descending the stairs, stop a second to consider: did fear of twinges mean you ‘braced’ yourself a bit?  Our natural response to pain or anticipation of pain is to contract muscles. This further compresses the joint, putting even more pressure through it.

Try this:
Think about what you're doing with your head in relation with your body. 
Imagine everything between the two softening and relaxing, so your head is kind of floating upwards. 
Keep this idea going as you lightly step down a couple of stairs. 
How did that go?  Try a couple more. 
If the anxiety about pain starts kicking in, stop, and ease up again before continuing. 

I do this a lot on the stairs.  Though it doesn’t eliminate my arthritic pain altogether, it really helps keep it to a minimum and prevent me causing myself more problems in other places.  It's really worth a ha'porth of thought, as you move around.

Caveats:    
1. ITM Alexander Technique lessons don't address specific issues like this directly but work to general principles, addressing underlying root causes.  This often sorts the specifics indirectly.  Contact me here if you'd like further explanation.
2. This blog is NO substitute for real lesson experience and these are NOT fixed protocols or drills.  No activity you perform is ever quite the same, so it's best to think 'first time every time' and work it out afresh.  
 
Hope that helps. Please let me know how you get on and feel free to ask further questions or suggest another activity you’d like to look at.  Click here to ask, or to book a lesson: http://www.francesbutt.com/contact
 
Love,
Frances

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