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Gentle and Non-Invasive Help for Chronic Knee Pain

This is a gentle and non-invasive way of stimulating blood flow to your knees. At the very least, it will bring more nutrients and oxygen to the medial and lateral menisci that line your knees joints, as well as other surrounding ligaments. And in some cases, it may help stimulate growth of menisci in the way that microfracture surgery does, albeit in a far more gentle and non-invasive way.

Remember to have the patient keep his or her legs completely relaxed as their knees are jostled. It should bring pleasure and relief, not pain.

The areas massaged to help stimulate blood flow to the lower extremities include:

1. Muscles that line the arch of the feet. The medial calcaneus was also massaged to bring some relief from calcaneal apophysitis, inflammation along the growth plate in the heels of growing children.

2. Spleen-10 - located about two finger widths superior to the medial and superior border of the knee cap, just along the medial portion of the vastus medialis muscle.

3. Gall Bladder-34 - located inferior and lateral to the inferior border of the patella (knee cap), within the belly of the peroneus longus where it originates below the knee along the outside of the lower leg.

4. Straight down the peroneus longus and brevis, plus portions of the extensor digitorum longus and tibialis anterior muscles.

If you have any questions about any of the above, please use the comments section under this video at our YouTube channel:


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Dr Kim,
Would you recommend this massage for someone with Osgood Shlatter Disease- growth plate inflammation? Thank you!

Angie, I definitely think it's worth trying. When it comes to conservative approaches to caring for the body, the general guiding principle that I follow is to try something if it makes sense, to observe how the body responds, and to make modifications as necessary. Good luck!