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Knee pain is the worst.
I deal with it a lot since I have scoliosis. My spine curves to the right, and my right knee is underdeveloped because of it. It’s funny how you can go your whole life without realizing you might not be properly supporting your body throughout the day, until you get a wake-up call.
For me, it was my right knee, which was seemingly “okay” until that moment, screaming at me when I was trying to do Hero Pose during yoga (which requires kneeling). Let’s just say I felt like no hero when I felt shooting pain all through my leg that almost made me scream in the middle of a crowded yoga class.
Even if you don’t have knee pain now, it’s a good to educate yourself on how to prevent it in the future.
Which is why I think it would be beneficial for everyone to read Anthony Mychal’s book. From the first page, it’s obvious that Anthony is not only knowledgeable about the subject of knee pain, but that he has a passion for spreading awareness on how to prevent it from affecting your quality of life in the future. He has a Master’s Degree in Health and Physical Education from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Activity from the University of Pittsburgh.
Anthony was inpsired to write this book from his personal experiences with knee pain, and wanted to share the most effective solutions he’s found. I think you’ll enjoy Anthony’s informative yet casual writing style.
Treat the cause, not the symptoms.
Anthony makes a great point about how most knee issues continue to persist because conventional theory focuses on looking at only the knee joint and not examining if the issues could be happening above or below the knee. A lot of times, knee pain could be contributed to issues with the hips or quadriceps, or issues with the calves and feet that are often overlooked. He talks about how the knee is the “middle man”, bridging the gap between the upper and lower legs.
What are you going to learn from this program?
It’s divided into two separate books. The first book goes into theories about the common causes of knee pain, like Jumper’s Knee or Patellar Tracking Disorder. Jumper’s Knee is caused from overuse of the knee joint, and it happens when the quadricep pulls on the kneecap. Patellar Tracking Disorder occurs when the kneecap shifts out of alignment with the feet, when the leg is bent or straightened.
A lot of times, athletes will ignore these issues, thinking they’ll just go away with time, or try to treat it themselves. A couple months ago, my right knee started acting up again, to the point where I was wincing when I walked, so I did a Google search on knee exercises. The first site that came up told me just to sit down and rub the top of the kneecap with my palm. I wish I could say that it was effective, but I’d be lying. I’m so glad I read this book, because now I know how to deal with the pain if it ever decides to come back (let’s hope it doesn’t).
Anthony provides a workable solution to these issues, spread out over 56 days. This is broken into 4 sections, each lasting for 2 weeks, then a maintenance program on the fifth week. The most convenient part of this plan is that most of these exercises can be done in the comfort of your own home.
The second book talks about the importance of strength and explosiveness training with weights, and how to incorporate these new movements into your daily routine. You will also learn how to increase your vertical jump. One of the best parts of the second section is that Anthony has videos of the exercises. If you, like me, are a visual learner, you know how convenient it is to see it, instead of trying to guess how to do the exercises from reading.
The core focus (no, not just for 6 pack abs).
Anthony discusses the importance of having a strong core. He talks about how it’s really easy to perform squats and deadlifts incorrectly, and how core strength is required in order to keep the spine stable. The core muscles include the pelvis, which is the bowl-shaped muscle between the hips. It attaches to the spine and the thighs. Strenghtening your core muscles will allow you to build strength in other areas of the body much more effectively, as you need a strong base to start learning more effective movement patterns.
I can speak about this from personal experience. As I mentioned earlier, I have scoliosis, and between that and living the mostly sedentary lifestyle we all are familiar with, my core muscles got weak and were not properly supporting my movement. I started doing yoga about 3 years ago, and couldn’t understand how people were getting such a cathartic stretch in some poses when I was getting, well, nothing out of it.
Come to find out, the reason I was getting the same benefits out of the poses is because I wasn’t engaging my core muscles. I took the time to educate myself, reading this book among many others, on how to properly position my body throughout the day. I was shocked to find out that I wasn’t even breathing properly due to not properly engaging my core muscles. Yikes.
An ounce of prevention.
Just like you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t, at least) skip preventative maintenance on your car, you shouldn’t neglect learning about how to fine-tune your body. Even if you’re not an athlete, you can benefit from learning how to train your body to move in the most optimal ways throughout your day. You’re retraining yourself to break free from patterns that have become second nature to you. Especially when dealing with with patterns in the body, most of thesehave been unconciously ingrained for a large part of your life.
Don’t let this discourage you. In fact, be proud that you are taking initiative to learn how to use your body in the most effective ways possible. Please just remember that, like anything else, you will need to give this program consistent focus in order to see the best possible outcome. Anthony gives you the roadmap you need to unlearn bad habits we’ve all picked up over the years, so following the instructions in this book will lead to the results you desire.
I enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing how to properly deal with knee pain flare-ups. Whether you’re an athlete looking to achieve your peak condition, or just looking for a way to alleviate pesky knee pain and learn new habits that will benefit you for the rest of your life, I strongly recommend you check out An Athlete’s Guide to Chronic Knee Pain.
Maybe you’ll find out that it’s just what you knee’ded!
– Video lectures and tutorials which can help you get rid of severe knee pain within minutes.
– Workable solutions and new movements which can be practiced in your daily routine.
– Strengthens the muscles and joints so that you do not have any problems in the future.
– No use of any medical treatments or supplements.
– Easy to understand and comprehend tips by which you can maintain a muscular body.
The program is certainly not an alternate for medical treatments and the followers will have to maintain consistency to get best results.
Summary: An Athletes Guide to Chronic Knee Pain is written by Anthony Mychal which contains useful tips and methods to avoid any future problems associated with knee pain. Athletes can now learn the best workouts to make their core stronger and strengthen their muscles by following the video lectures as explained in the program.