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Tendinitis & The Kinetic Chain

Jamie W.
What do you recommend for knees plagued with tendinitis?

Seth Estrada
The three basic steps for tendinitis are:
1. Rest/recover [ibuprofin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help, if you can take them- ask your doctor]
2. Reintroduce exercise carefully

Allow me to expand on that last point:

Tendinitis in the knees is a pain very dear to my heart. You see, I suffered from Osgood-Schlatter disease as a kid, and had to deal with pain in my knees all throughout high school. What I've discovered through personal experience is that returning to a 'normal' level of activity after resting and recovering is simply not enough. Not by a long shot. 

Strengthening the affected area beyond it's original capacity is of the utmost importance. It offers your body a respite from the pain by building up all of the tissues in the area. So coming back stronger is not just a quaint idea that people in Hollywood dreamed up to sell tickets to movies about boxing, it's a reality. A necessity.

'Where do I start?' you ask.

Understanding how the entire kinetic chain works is paramount to your long term success.

'What's the kinetic chain?'

Toes, ankles, knees, hips, core, trunk, [neck], shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, and all the corresponding levers/motors.

You must learn how your body derives power from the ground up, literally. Then you must teach your body, through practice, to move in bio-mechanically correct patterns, to keep from straining any one lever/motor too much. Then you must add progressive resistance to all of these patterns in order to reinforce the habit.

Is all of this a little abstract? Sorry. It'll make more sense in our video series: ABC3D We created ABC3D specifically to answer the needs of people who are recovering from injury or pain, using equipment that can be found at any apartment fitness center or YMCA.

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