As a tap dancer, my knees have taken the brunt of my quick turns and circle shuffles over the years. Any good tap dancer will point out that I should be moving from my hip in order to protect my knee. Well, we all should be doing many things, but we are all doing the best we can with what we’ve got.
I can tell that I am moving from my hip more on my right side and less on my left, because my left knee sends an occasional temper tantrum up to my brain, which causes me to take the class a little more slowly that day.
As a response to this occasional knee pain, I have stuck many a needle into many a knee – including my own. Electric stimulation of the needles in the knee can interrupt the pain pathway, i.e. the signal being sent by your nervous system to your brain that says, “Hey! Brain! There’s some pain in my knee!” By interrupting and re-setting this pathway, acupuncture can decrease pain.
Additionally, it can strengthen the tendons and ligaments surrounding the knee. For people who refuse to let a little knee pain get in the way of their passions, this is the most important part of a knee treatment. Curative medicine is where athletes recover, but preventative medicine is where stars are born.
Below is the link to a great article on the recent science behind treating the osteoarthritis-related knee pain. Dancers, soccer players, basketball players, and all other athletes of knee-jarring sports, bring me your knees so that you can get back to doing what you love!