Yoga can bring knee pain relief – and yoga can cause knee pain! If you have knee problems or tight hips, you need to proceed cautiously. Never, ever force into a yoga pose. I’m an expert on this – as I practiced Pigeon Pose too enthusiastically for many months after I joined a yoga studio. I ignored the sensations in my knee. There’s nothing to stretch in the knee joint – so back out of any pose that causes strain or pain in the knee.
As for me, I ended up visiting the sports chiropractor for several months, while having to skip yoga. Take care of your knees by following the proper alignment tips in Esther Ekart’s video. Practice hip stretches with caution – if you hold tension in your hips (as I do), it can be difficult to release the tension – and your knees will bear the brunt. Hip stretches are extremely important to relieve knee pain, but you must go slowly and consciously release the hip tightness.
Yoga for Knee Pain Relief
I reviewed a number of videos before deciding on one that provided poses that I thought would be accessible to most people. If you’re suffering with knee pain, it’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before proceeding.
In addition to cautiously practicing with this yoga video, you may want to check out the book Yoga for Healthy Knees: What You Need to Know for Pain Prevention and Rehabilitation on Amazon. A 4 1/2 star reviewed book, the only negative review was from one person who said the poses weren’t advanced enough – and I find that promising for you! A typical review:
Exceeded my expectations!
I knew my knee problems were due to muscle weakness and imbalance and my original plan was to just strength train the muscles surrounding them and avoid the Hero Pose forever. This book showed me how the muscles radiating from the hip and pelvis affect the knee and how to gently elongate them. The pose before a modified Hero Pose is the Half Frog, which stretches the exact muscles required for me to sit in it for 45 seconds with no discomfort. The asanas for strengthening the leg include balance poses which really, REALLY fire off the necessary muscles in the leg to stabilize the knees. To do the therapeutic program one goes through the poses in order as presented and it takes about 45 minutes.
I’m a fan of hot and cold therapy – I found this cool knee wrap that can be used for both, and thought you might want to check it out: Reusable Knee Hot or Cold Gel Pack Therapy Wrap. From the description:
- Can be worn on either knee
- Hot or Cold Therapy to reduce swelling and relieve pain and stiffness
- Orthopedic Research Institute Seal of Approval
- Washable and Reusable
- Safe to use in Pregnancy
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