A lot of knee problems can be treated effectively by addressing hip and ankle flexibility. Knee pain might be the symptom, but the underlying problem could be a stiff ankle or hip. As I always say always treat above and below the affected area.
Often people spend time treating the painful knee but neglect the other structures in the chain that are causing the problem. Remember the whole system works together and thus you have to address every piece of the chain.
Stiff ankle or hip can cause poor mechanics up or down the chain and putting excessive stress on other joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Specially for optimal effortless walking, running, squatting, etc., you need balanced flexibility, strength and motor control along the whole chain. Otherwise you are setting yourself up for injuries, excessive wear and tear and poor performance.
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