Runners Knee Recovery and Treatment with Natural Therapies
From Runner’s knee, tight muscles, to supporting an injured runner return to the sport, Natural therapies such as Homeopathy and Nutritional medicine provide immense and timely relief.
As every novice, seasoned runner, ultra-athlete know, just the enthusiasm for running is not enough to stay in the game. Listening to your body especially your legs and feet goes a long way in establishing routine and resilience.
Some of the Common Runners Knee Symptoms that Affect Training include:
Continual pain and discomfort preventing fast motion, pain into the knee joint, a tightening of the outer muscles on starting or into a run, a sensation of outward pull on the knee cap as if about to dislocate.
This occurs when the main outer tendon of the knee joint which holds your knee cap firmly to the bone is irritated. Various reasons lead to pain in and around the patellar tendon. Weak muscles around the knee joint, worn cartilage either from wear and tear or aging. Gender plays a role with more women than men suffering from Knee issues due to anatomical differences in the joint. Sometimes Bursitis inflammation of a Bursa (small sacs which containing lubrication within) found between tendons and muscles to prevent friction can be mistaken for tendonitis.
Tight muscles in spasm can cause pain for months not just weeks. The absence of a diagnosis such as tendon tear or hairline fracture are of little reconciliation for the one who continues to bear the pain and prevents sport.
Though cautious seasoned athletes ensure good stretching and muscle training before launching into a run, it does not always prevent or prevent recurrence of chronic sports injuries.
Choices which can have a negative effect on recovery and lead to further injury:
Prescription painkillers – Athletes are now aware that training with these drugs has negative effects on muscle recovery and kidney function. The possibility of overstrain and stress injuries is higher when you can’t feel the strain on your body.
Self-dosing and commonly overdosing with pain killers and OTC nutritional supplements can lead to exhaustion and IBS like symptoms. For example, many forget that magnesium is the main ingredient in laxatives. Age, body type other medications and medical conditions must be considered before taking ‘Nutritional Supplements’
What are the Safest Runners Knee Treatment options?
Nutritional medicine – has done much evidence based research to support the athlete and common man in his fitness regime. Magnesium a known muscle relaxant can easily be found on most Gym selves and online. When popping Nutraceuticals it is important to remember that dosage, timing and other multi-vitamins or supplements need to be regulated based on body-type susceptibility and time of exercise.
It is best to seek the advice of a trained health professional for not just magnesium but also Soda-Bicarbonate or Baking Soda known to reduce muscle fatigue and Glucosamine – Chondroitin Sulphate for cartilage health (esp. for persons with allergies). Natural is safe when taken with appropriate knowledge.
Mag Phos – The homeopathic remedy is safe and effective in reducing muscle cramps and spasms.
Calc Flour – helps in the rehabilitation and support of Fibrous tissue such as Plantar Fascia, tendons and ligaments. Ruta G is known to help small joints, cartilage and tendons.
Other Remedies Such as Ferrum phos and Thuja are known to support relief of symptoms of Bursitis. It is important to remember that Homeopathy like Nutritional Medicine is an individualized Therapy and is most effect when treated under the guidance of a trained health professional.
Homeopathy and Nutritional Medicine are beneficial in supporting a fitness routines and career athletes in wellness, going the extra mile and recovering quickly.
Each rehabilitation plan must include appropriate exercises and techniques taught to tone up the muscles in preparation for the particular exercise, to relax the joints after the work out and strengthening the various muscle groups of the body in between scheduled run days.