One of my favorite ways to begin alleviating knee pain is to teach you how to wrap your calf muscles.
“Wrapping” is an internal action that can be hard to wrap your head around, so please allow me to explain.
Here’s the longer version first.
Many times your knee pain begins with your feet.
Perhaps the arches in your feet have dropped.
You may have been born with flat feet.
Or the inner arches of your ankles have dropped.
Even if you have fallen down, bruised yourself or hurt your knees in some other manner, this exercise can help.
The term “wrapping” when it comes to your knees is the internal action of rolling the inside edges of your legs out and the outside edges in.
When you do this, the internal mechanisms of your feet magically come into better alignment and your knee pain can dramatically lessen.
Now here’s the short version.
“Wrapping” means to roll the outer edge of your calf muscles towards your midline.
Here’s how you learn how to do this internal action:
- Put a yoga block between your feet. If you don’t own a yoga block, use a hardback book. This is important because your feet control your hips and your hips control your knees. Simply put, you can’t get rid of your knee pain if your feet and hips are out of alignment. A block or a hardback book is the simplest training wheel I know to teach you how to restore alignment.
- Bend over. It’s O.K. if you aren’t totally bendy like me, just for the purpose of this exercise keep your legs straight.
- Grab your gastrocnemius muscles. I know, I know, what your gastrocnemius is may not be on the tip of your tongue, but these are the fatty part of your calf muscles – not the long soleus muscle but the rounder muscle at the top just below your knee.
- Put your fingers deep in the belly of the gastrocnemius muscles and roll the outside edge back and the inside edge forward. It’s subtle but you’ll begin to feel immediate relief in your knee. When I’m working with clients, I recommend you do this for at least 60 seconds – long enough that you feel what’s happening.
- Continue wrapping your calf muscles with your hands so that you can educate yourself what it feels like. Notice how the inner arches of your feet lift. Notice how your knees begin to feel better.
- Now stand up straight. Use your mind. Continue the internal action of wrapping your calf muscles while simultaneously pulling your inner groins back towards your midline.
Here’s the deal.
You can’t get rid of your knee pain until you train your body how to live in better alignment.
If you think of your body as a series of tubes – your muscles, bones and your subtle energy system – you experience pain whenever one of the tubes get pinched.
If you have pain anywhere by definition one of these tubes has been pinched.
Learn how to wrap your calf muscles and get rid of your knee pain for good.
If you need help getting rid of your knee pain, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-612-8816 to set up an appointment.
I’ll teach you how to do this and many other exercises and explain how natural inflammatory nutrition can make you feel much better today.
Thank you so much, this has come at the perfect moment. Would you know if there is a video of this exercise anywhere? I have tried looking up “wrapping your calf” but no luck. I just want to make sure I am doing it correctly. Thank you.
Hi Sandra, Thanks so much for reading my blog. I have not made a video of this exercise and am not aware of one on the internet. I work by Skype with clients all over the world. If you would like to set up a Skype appointment to go over this please let me know! My Skype address is catherinecarrigan. You can schedule with me by emailing email@example.com. Catherine Carrigan