Knees. The largest joints in the body – they carry almost our entire weight and absorb the highest impact loads of any part of the skeleton. We need them to walk, sit, run, hop, climb, jump, squat, lift and kneel. In other words, getting by without a knee or two is going to seriously dent your daily activities. And, as far as joints go, knees live up to the reputation of the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
From a technical point of view, the knee is a mobile trocho-ginglymus, permitting flexion and extension plus a slight internal and external rotation. What does that mean? It means the knees – as you probably guessed – can move backwards and forwards and we can do a pivot on them – within reason. And to do all that, the knee needs to be a lot more than just a place in between the thigh and leg.
The knee consists of the patella (the kneecap) the patella groove at the base of the femur (the thigh bone) and the medial and lateral articulations that sits the femur on top of the tibia (the largest leg bone). But that’s just the bones. Keeping these bones lubribated and seperate from one another is a whole lot of synovial fluid contained within a capsule known as the synovial membrane. Two discs – the menisci – similar to the discs found in the spine, sit between the point of contact of the femur and tibia, acting as the primary shock absorbers in a joint that has an impact load three times that of your body weight.
Then there’s the bits that allow all the movement in knee. There’s the eleven ligaments – including the well known cruciate ligaments and the lessor known medial collateral and the oblique popliteal that hold the knee together. The power to bend, pivot and extend comes from the fourteen muscles including the biceps femoris, quadraceps, plantaris and the Semimembranosus – I threw in the last one because it’s got the longest name.
All up, just one knee joint contains thirty-one moving or flexible parts – and like any machine, that’s a whole lot of things to wear out, break down or stop working. Little wonder there were 44,500 knee replacements in Australia during 2010, nearly fifty percent more than the number of hip replacements that same year. In the United States, eleven million people over the age of forty visit their doctor every year to have knee pain or injuries treated.
What is a Hamstring Strain? Hamstring strain is a very common injury of the leg that involves a tear in one or both of the hamstring muscles… A hamstring strain can range from mildly painful to so severe that it involves a complete tear of the hamstring muscle. You have four Hamstring muscles…...Read More
Helpful Free Hints On How To Survive Post Flood Trauma with Vitamin C! You should always ensure you have adequate dietary sources of Vitamin C! This vitamin is essential for normal growth and development and repair of tissues. Foods with a high Vitamin C content include...Read More
Helpful Free Hints On How To Survive Post Flood Trauma! You have almost certainly taken notice over the years, of one of those annoying old school sayings about positively accepting disaster in your life… “That which does not kill you makes you stronger! But the steps to surviving are not expla...Read More
https://www.facebook.com/settersbowentherapytownsville/videos/583578972158695/ Lower back pain is very common in our community – eight out of ten Australians will experience lower back pain in their lives. And to think that lower pain will stay isolated from the rest of the body is wishful thin...Read More
https://www.facebook.com/settersbowentherapytownsville/videos/480343222369766/ While most people assume pain and musculoskeletal problems happen playing sport, twisting the wrong way or lifting something – the truth is sitting around (especially with bad posture) can be just as bad fo...Read More
Benjamin Setter was involved in a motor accident in January 1991. The injuries sustained left him with a severe spinal curvature. Through a family friend, Benjamin received one Bowen Therapy treatment every week for three months. At the end of this period Benjamin was relieved and surprised to find ...Read More
Neck Pain Relief... Let us start with what can cause neck pain? While most people assume injuries happen playing sport, twisting the wrong way or lifting something – the truth is sitting around can be just as bad for the body. So what warning signs should you be looking out for when it comes to p...Read More
Some of the automatic benefits enjoyed by our clients at Setter’s Health Centre. Seniority: Benjamin is the most senior Bowen Therapy Practitioner in Townsville. As such he has seen a wide variety of clients and many varied situations that it is second nature for him to advise you on possibilitie...Read More
Multiple Sclerosis Relief With Bowen Therapy!! On Monday my Mother June and I had an incredible coffee meeting with Ian & Wendy Alley. Ian having been diagonised with Multiple Sclerosis in 1993 and came to see June and me to see if Bowen Therapy could help? As Bowen Therapy had only been tau...Read More
Ask a question or book an appointment07 4728 8800
6 Fulham Road, PimlicoView Map
Bowen Therapy and Massage Therapy Specialists