Over 50’s Fitness by Glen Barnett – Knee Pain

Knees up Mother Brown – as they use to say.  What? Can’t get your knees up? Why not?  Is it an old netball injury flaring up, are you carrying too much weight, have you become stiff and ‘arthritic’?  Whatever the situation is with your knees having problems with them will have a major impact on your day to day activities.   Don’t take pain in your body as part and parcel of ageing regardless of its origin.  It doesn’t have to be that way and often we are told that’s what you should expect now you are (insert your age here)!

Whether you see your doctor, physiotherapist, acupuncturist, masseur or other integrative therapist it doesn’t matter, get it checked out.  Living with pain and discomfort will zap your energy and patience and wear down your motivation.  Getting the problem addressed doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to continue with some sort of activity, in fact often you may just need to adjust what you are doing while the offending issue is sorted out.  You can always do upper body exercises,  non weight bearing activities or just different activities while your knees convalesce.

If on the other hand the aches and pains only occur after you’ve done your exercise or chosen activity then perhaps there is a problem in what or how you are doing whatever it is you do.   In this case modification of the activity may be necessary short or long term or just some technique adjustments.  Think how great it would be if you could move without pain and you didn’t have to be constantly reminded that your knee niggles when you step forward or you stand up and your sleep isn’t compromised because of the endless aching from your legs.

I’m not a medical professional but I am a movement professional and I hate seeing people not moving well or who are in pain.  So those of you out there and you know who you are, go and get it sorted out.  Find out what’s going on and get it addressed and who knows this time in a few weeks or months you may be reading your Saturday Advocate with a grin on your face because you got some advice  and those aches and pains are a distant memory!

Remember I am always happy to talk with you via phone, email or in person at Coffs Coast Health Club.  Give Glen a call on 66586222 or email glen@coffscoasthc.com.au


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