Reflexology…Welcome to the Knee Joint

                                                  

The knee joint is the largest joint in the body, and perhaps the most complex

This amazing structure of muscles, bones, ligaments and cartilage supports and stabilizes the body as you bend, straighten, and twist during daily activities.

The knee joint is one of the most vulnerable joints in the body and after years of repetitive weight-bearing, may begin to show signs of wear and tear. Whether it is the result of an injury or simply the constant weight of your body on your knees, pain and swelling is a well-known problem – especially in athletes.

 

Common Conditions Affecting the Knee:

*Osteoarthritis

*Bursitis

*Tendonitis

*Torn Cartilage

 

Reflexology is a valuable tool that helps with not only the pain associated with knee issues, but is also a means for keeping the knees strong and healthy.

These are the main reflex points on which I focus, when attending a client with knee weakness.

 

Knee Reflex

*In order to strengthen the knee joint and to send healing energy to any injured area.

Location: a small, soft triangular section, about 1 inch below the ankle bone.

 

Spine Reflex

*The spine is the main support for the entire body, taking some of the weight off the knees.

Location: inside portion of the feet, running from the neck of the big toes, to the edge of the heel (it follows the natural curve of the instep).

 

Adrenal Gland Reflex

*The adrenal glands increase the body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormones, which seem to soothe problematic knees.

Location: situated directly on the top portion of the kidney reflex points.

 

*Please review the Foot Map Page on this blog to get a clear visual of where these reflex points are located.

 

Aromatherapy

*Rosemary

*Eucalyptus

*These two pure essential oils have strong analgesic properties which can help greatly with knee pain.

 

Suggested Use

Compress

*Fill a medium size basin with tepid water.

*Add 5 drops of each essential oil to half a cup of Epsom salts – then pour the mixture into basin (stir well).

*Place 2 small hand towels into basin, allowing them to soak up the water.

*After slightly wringing, wrap a towel around one or both knees.

*Reapply until the pain subsides.

 

Caution Care

*Use only pure essential oils

*Keep essential oils away from the eyes.

 *Do not apply essential oils to the skin without first diluting as instructed above.

*Do not apply essential oils to knees that have open cuts, scrapes or wounds.

 

When used with care and respect, Reflexology and Aromatherapy are tremendous aides for troubled knees.

Knees are a very important part of our existence. We “kneed” them to move around in this world – so take good care of them.

And every once in awhile, just say Hi to your knees….. Hinees!

Be well

 

To find a Reflexologist in your area, please refer to the Find A Practitioner Link on the sidebar.

Portions of this post gratefully supplied by: “Hands On Feet” – Michelle Kluck

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