Simple Self-Massage For Knee Pain
• For this technique all you have to do is with your index finger push in a downward direction from the knee to the ankle
• While doing this you are looking for bumpy nodules that you will possibly feel as you get closer to the ankle
• Once you have found a bump or a nodule (may be sensitive) you gently massage this nodule for a minute or two until you feel it has softened or become less sensitive
• Continue on until you find the next bump and repeat the process, remember to always massage in a downward motion from the knee towards the ankle, never upwards
• Once you have done your left leg do your right leg, using your right index finger and repeat the above process
• I encourage all to assess their knee pain or discomfort before and after the application of this technique
(Note: this technique should not cause pain, if painful ease your pressure until comfortable)
I recommend doing this self-massage once in the morning (both legs) and once in the evenings (both legs), continue for a week or as long as you feel
In this technique what we are attempting to do is locate and massage out the connective tissue accumulations that adhere to the lateral edge of the tibia (shin bone).
From an acupuncture perspective these accumulations or ‘Jue’ in this region obstruct the stomach meridian and thus negatively impact its channel trajectory possibly manifesting in knee pain, ankle pain, or digestive issues.
Thus gently breaking down these connective tissue adhesions will greatly benefit the stomach channel’s trajectory and the associated symptom of knee pain, ankle pain…
I recommend this massage technique to anyone who suffers from knee or ankle pain, and it is a great preventative technique that can be done by anyone who finds they have the ‘bumps’ mentioned above.
I encourage all to try the technique and if you know someone who may benefit from this post, share it with them.
Let me know how you go and I am always here if anyone has any questions or would like more information.
- Giancarlo Nerini Acupuncture
This self-massage for knee pain technique and application is actually an adapted acupuncture technique/strategy from a Japanese master acupuncturist by the name of Kiyoshi Nagano. However, it lends itself quite nicely to the self-massage framework and this adaptation can be done by all those who wish to.
• Ideal for reducing knee pain originating from the patellar ligament or central region of the knee
• Can benefit the ankle joint and reduce ankle pain
• Can benefit digestion greatly due to the self-massage being performed in the region of the stomach meridian and the direction of the pressure going with the flow of the meridian
Locating our body region to massage:
1. Start by sitting in a chair with the soles of your feet completely touching the floor, legs relaxed
2. Have both legs exposed from your knees to your ankles (i.e. roll up pants & roll down socks)
3. Place your left index finger onto the crest of your left shin bone just below your knee
4. Now bring your left finger slightly to your left hand side just until you are off the shin bone
5. Now your left finger is in a grove just lateral to your left shin bone (shaft of the tibia)
6. This grove is the pathway for our self –massage
(Note: you can use some oil for this massage technique to reduce friction)