Knee Pain: How to Affect Comprehensive Healing by Treating the Fascia

A Frequent Complication

Knee pain is a common condition affecting one in three Americans. The knee is a complicated joint composed of ligaments, tendons, cartilage, muscles and bones. An intricate assembly of so many components carries with it an acute potential for numerous ways to become injured. Knee pain is caused by pulled muscles, torn tendons, ruptured ligaments, broken bones, gout, Septic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Patellar Tendonitis, Osteoarthritis and more.

The Hidden Element

An often overlooked element in the composition of the knee is the fascia — a thin layer of connective tissue that runs throughout the human subcutaneous skin layer, all the way from the top of the head to the tips of the toes. Ancient as well as progressive medical philosophies view the fascia as an integral part of the largest organ in the body– the skin. This tight layer is sometimes referred to as “the body’s wetsuit” and in the instance of the knee, it wraps around all of the tendons, ligaments, cartilage, muscles and bones like cellophane holding together a deli sandwich. In many scenarios involving knee pain, the fascia becomes “glued” to the surrounding tissue rather than moving freely around it as it once did. These fascial adhesions are responsible for much of the stiffness and discomfort related to knee pain.

Treating the Fascia

There are numerous protocols for mitigating the pain caused by knee injury. Typically these regimen call for rest, elevation, compression, ice and suspension of use. Immobilizing an injured knee, although necessary, causes soft tissue in and around the joint to atrophy — meaning that tissue mass is lost as is the overall strength of the joint. Also, immobilization creates tension in the knee from simple lack of use. Lack of circulation and motion sometimes causes the fascia to “adhere” to the joint’s ligaments and bones — causing further complications in the way of stiffness, discomfort and lack of flexibility. An integral part of the rehabilitation process consists of hands-on therapy from a qualified practitioner that inspires increased circulation to the injury site. Enhancing blood flow to the knee accelerates healing as nutrient-rich blood is reintroduced into the area. This is done by deliberately manipulating the fascia to loosen its adhesion to the various types of tissue in and around the knee. Treating knee pain can involve working the fascia at the site of the injury, and as far up the leg the top of the thigh and as far down the leg as the bottom of the foot. This is because the connective nature of the fascia means that tissue adhesions can begin at the injury site and continue up and down the leg in extended strands.

A Knee Pain Specialist

Musculoskeletal realignment therapy is a healing practice rooted in the disciplines of deep tissue massage and structural realignment of the fascia. Brian Ray helps people suffering from knee pain and other types of chronic discomfort with hands-on restorative work that addresses fascial adhesion while restoring balance between the fascia and the musculoskeletal system.      
To consult with Brian Ray about knee pain or other chronic musculoskeletal conditions, please call 303-947-1102 to make an appointment or send an email to brianray.23@gmail.com.