Tips for Back and Knee Pain

Knee pain is a common problem that can affect anyone. It’s primarily seen in people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s and can be caused by different factors, including obesity, running on uneven surfaces, and tight muscles in the legs. An injury can also cause it to your knee or a condition like arthritis. The pain is usually located just below the kneecap (patella). Knee pain that only occurs when you take a step can indicate patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). If you’re experiencing knee pain that comes and goes, has other symptoms, or is severe, see your doctor right away. Several options for treating knee pain are available, including surgery or physical therapy. Surgery may include arthroscopic surgery to clean out debris from your joint space or open surgery if cartilage damage occurs. Physical therapy may involve stretching exercises, hot packs, massage therapy, etc.

Back Pain

Back pain can come from various causes, including poor posture, muscle strain, arthritis, and misalignment. However, back pain may also be a symptom of an infection in the spine or another organ system. In these cases, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to eliminate the source of the problem and relieve your pain. Back pain can also be caused by injury to muscles, ligaments, or bones. While simple back strains are often treated with rest and ice packs, more severe injuries may require surgery to repair damaged tissue.

In addition to preventing back pain in the first place, there are several things you can do to relieve it when you’re experiencing symptoms. First, make sure that you’re sitting up straight and not slouching. Next, avoid heavy lifting or carrying objects that could strain your back and cause injury. Finally, keep your spine aligned with regular exercise and stretching exercises to maintain optimal health.

Still a buzz from last weekend’s course.

It was a great weekend of learning and yesterday I went through some of my notes and practiced some of the exercises.

I am working on the next international presenter to bring to Vancouver.  Those who attended last weekend gave a list of presenters they would like to see.  I am working on contacting them and seeing if they are interested in coming to Vancouver.

Let me know if you had anyone you would like to see for an intensive weekend of learning.

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Breathing and Athletes

I followed up with Roger Takahashi on the breathing thing he talked about in his presentation.

He was kind enough to take the time to email me a reply with a few more details. I thought you would be interested in it.

“The breathing techniques and information that I touched upon was regarding breathing and recovery – between shifts and post game especially – although it can be used during the game as well.

There is quite a bit of information on it with respect to training athletes. Just google – breathing recovery athletes – or something like that.

We use a computerized system here at the rink that educates players through mostly biofeedback (auditory and visual) to regulate breathing patterns and to us better breathing techniques.

I know that the military uses techniques such as these as well.  Hope this helps!”

Roger Takahashi Strength and Conditioning Coach Vancouver Canucks

Very cool stuff.  I know breathing is important to incorporate into exercise but it is very cool to see athletes incorporating it into performance.

Kind Words about SI Joint Program

“The Sacroiliac Pain Solution Program works: if you do the exercises, the pain will go away.

I found the program a very professional presentation, and set forth in an easy to follow manner.”


Robert Pearey

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I love the fact that I can easily follow along with my own copy of presentations for note-taking.

The information was great and absolutely worth the price.

Tony did a great job making his presentations sound enthusiastic, and I learned the most from him.

Josh Johann Currently studying Exercise Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 

That Is It

Nothing more for this week.

Have a great day and weekend.

For all of my friends in the US, have a great Thanksgiving.

Rick Kaselj, MS

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