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Old 09-30-2011, 05:06 PM   #51
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Re: degenerate menisci: end of aikido training?

That final v was meant to be a period and has no meaning. Dang iPod.

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Old 10-01-2011, 02:31 AM   #52
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Re: degenerate menisci: end of aikido training?

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Alex Wilde wrote:
Forward rolls, I am not sure I understand the way you guys do it: is it something like a 90 degree rolling, as in this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BFff-4A_aA
I don't think so. Probably more like this. . .
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2d14cWPKPw

That is close to the way I rolled when my knees hurt all the time.

But here's the thing, your knees don't have to hurt. Mine don't hurt anymore. It's been three years, and I didn't have surgery.

Foam rolling is truly great, but it's not everything. You have to strengthen your glutes, seriously stretch your hip flexors and probably your calves, improve your hip and ankle mobility, and generally learn to let go of the tension in your muscles.

It is very possible that your PT won't address all of these issues effectively.

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Old 10-01-2011, 06:28 AM   #53
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Re: degenerate menisci: end of aikido training?

And I might add to Michael's excellent post, try a pair of Vibram f Fingers shoes....

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Old 10-03-2011, 09:02 AM   #54
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Re: degenerate menisci: end of aikido training?

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the link to the video! it is worth a 1000 words

Vibram f Fingers shoes: also to go to work and in winter?? will have to try one day though
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:07 AM   #55
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Re: degenerate menisci: end of aikido training?

Hi Michael,

I also wanted to ask you: how long did it take you before you could go back to practicing at the dojo, after you started doing PT + foam rolling etc? Or did you in fact keep training through the knee pain (while doing also PT), until it finally stopped hurting altogether?

I am giving myself some more time off the dojo to improve strength/stability/reduce pain, but it'd be great to be back there asap....

Of course when it comes to recovery time we are all different and there is no clear rule of thumb I guess...

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