The knee synchronizes the hip and and the ankle. The ankle and hip move at vastly different rates of speed. Hooking them up together is pure genus.
Our Knees are designed and can handle crawling, walking, running, jumping and even falling down. Healthy knees need only one thing alignment with the other load bearing joints.
Compared with flexion and extension lifting the leg off the
ground and than stepping down with the foot, the amount of
rotational leeway in the knee is limited.
Compensation usually takes the form of rotation, that is one reason why knees are damaged more than any other joint.
"I'll define dysfunction by providing and example. One of he necks functions is to allow the head to turn to the right and left in a 180 degree arc. The inability to do that and any other routine movement is a dysfunction." Pete Egoscue "Pain Free"
Compensation is the Source of Pain
Feet rotated and pointed outward are evidence that the kinetic chain linking the ankles, knees, hips and shoulders have been broken. The knees can also become pointed inward and outward or bowlegged or knock kneed. The feet can supinate or pronate. The pelvis can be anterior, tilt forward, or posterior, tilt backward.
There is a huge penalty for not being aligned. We receive signals that we're off balance, even before actual physical pain starts. But eventually the pain is coming.
Range of Motion
of Knee pain is usually cause by a
that is located away from the pain.
But it is
visible in an evaluation: one hip in
a different position than the other, or one knee forward or
higher than the other one or the feet are everted. And this
dysfunction eventually leads to pain.
The right shoulder, because of compensation, is in a different position than the left shoulder You're still making exactly the same motion, but you're recruiting different muscles because of the posture position of the joints.
We receive signals that we're off
even before actual physical pain starts. But eventually the pain
is coming. When knee pain comes we make the mistake of stopping
or limiting the activity.
With lack of activity the body becomes more
This imbalance has nothing to do with poor
design, nothing to do with our age, and nothing to do with
genetics. We are not fragile, we're not overly complicated, and
we do have all the abilities necessary to get well.
You have two choices: you can change the
stimulus or you can change the environment. Those are the only
two choices you have
Body's Design Restored by functional
always remembers its design memory, so when you start changing
the stimulus with exercises the body has no choice, it changes.
The goal is to allow the body to return to its birthright, its
design template, and it can because it never forgets the memory.
All we're doing is providing the necessary stimulus by doing the