Massage for Knee Tendons

by Terry Sollid
(Saskatoon, SK, CDA)

I took Avalox last November for, supposedly, an undetected chronic sinus infection (that I had no symptoms for). All my knee tendons became affected immediately causing extreme pain and swelling.

I had no idea it was a side effect until I re-read the perscription info in January. Until then, the symptoms were being treated as osteoarthritis, and I was taking more than the maximum of Ibuprofin. Then in mid January, my GP told me to switch to tylenol, as the ibuprofin was causing high blood pressure.

I also started physiotherapy that month. I have had 16 physio treatments up till now. About a month ago the physiotherapist introduced something called the sponge roller (a 10" diameter roll of hard sponge), and I was to lie sideways (both sides) and roll up and down on the sponge to stretch my extremely tight IT band. However just kneeling to get on and off the sponge, as well as using the opposite leg to roll up and down (opposite leg bent at the knee, foot on the floor to push up on the roller) caused even more pain and increased swelling evident the next day.

I had only done three on each side, so she then advised to do one, three times a day (to spread it out) on each side. Fortunately, I came across your Tendonitis Solution last week when I was searching the internet for more information. I bought this book, and won't be spending any more for physio. I am confident this protocol is going to work for me, as last weekend I had the opportunity to spend most of one day in a hot mineral pool that was high in magnesium and have had less pain since.

My question is I need Specific Massage and Ice Massage for the knee tendons, and all the muscles attached to them (for they are very tight), especially the IT band. I would also like to know why you said "no" to cod liver oil? I started supplementing with that in November when I heard that it is touted to be a "joint lubricant". I haven't had any positive results from it though. And do you recommend any quantities for calcium? That is one mineral you don't mention.

Thanks for your help!!

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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Terry,

I still do recommend massage if it benefits you. It brings circulation to the area and can help with healing, but if you get MORE inflammation from it, it may just be too soon for you and maybe try again later when the inflammation has improved. You'll just have to 'feel' that out for yourself to see what works.

I actually do mention calcium a bit. Your tendons are dry and crunchy and susceptible to Levaquin damage because they are becoming 'calcified' from an excess of magnesium in relation to calcium. Most Westerners get enough and even too much calcium as it is. While some people on my program have felt better with a bit higher amount of calcium because they are taking so much magnesium, I generally only recommend taking the amount of calcium that is in your multivitamin and no more.

You can read my page on Cod Liver Oil here.

Kerri Knox, RN

Few More Questions
by: Anonymous

I had asked about calcium suppliment amount due to the fact that I am lactose intolerant. But my new questions are - I have been rubbing magnesium gel on my knees for about 1 week now and a couple of days ago I noticed a skin rash, red pimples and a prickly sensation, around my knees.

I was using it twice a day - should I use a lesser amount or go down to once a day? 2nd question - should bone broth from beef marrow bones also gel when cooled in the fridge?

I don't now whether the bones I purchased were poor quality, or if simmering in a crock pot for 48 hours was not long enough. What do you think?

Magnesium oil can be irritating
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Yes, magnesium oil can be quite irritating. Just don't use it to the point of irritation. Back off until the irritation subsides on your skin and go back to using it to the point that it doesn't irritate your skin.

As far as bone broth, if you don't know if your bones are high quality or not, then you should not use them. If you are going to make bone broth, it MUST be from organic grass fed animals. In fact, no animal products that you put to your lips should be anything other than grass fed organic animal products.

Making bone broth from non-organic animals is basically cooking up a big pot of hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. You are trying to AVOID antibiotics, not concentrate them into a big pot and drink it! Yipes! Don't do it. Never make bone broth or eat animal products from animals that you aren't sure of their quality. You should ALWAYS be aware of the quality of your food- and particularly animal products. It's those types of details that can really make a big difference in your health. I make sure that I know exactly where all my food comes from. All my animal products are from local, organic sources and all my dairy is raw.

All of my vegetables get delivered to my front door every week from a local 'beyond organic' farm where they pick the veggies just a day or two before getting it to me. The local organic free range eggs that I get don't have an expiration date, they have a 'laid on' date! Is it more expensive than buying crappy quality stuff in a regular grocery store? Maybe, I don't know, I haven't bought non-organic food in a regular grocery store in a LONG time. I wouldn't even CONSIDER saving a buck a pound to get factory farmed chicken or non-organic dairy! I shudder to even THINK about non-organic dairy and animal products, yuck!

And yes, your bone broth should be like Jell-O in the fridge and 48 hours in a crock pot is PLENTY of time to get it to gel. If it's hasn't jelled after a 48 hour cook time, then it's because you are using poor quality animals.

Kerri Knox, RN

Thank you Kerri!
by: Terry Sollid

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions! As for doubling my entries, it's just a bit confusing as to where to best submit a question, and then where to find my questions/answers afterwards is another issue! Does this become part of the Easy Immune System website? or assessible through it somehow? If not, then I just have to keep your original reply in my inbox and keep going to it. But I really appreciate your insight and clearing up my questions!

It's up to you
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

It's up to you if you want to start a new thread or continue on an old one, but I actually like new threads for different questions because then other people can browse them and find what they are looking for.

For example, if you were wondering about how best to make bone broth and you were browsing posts, would it help you better to have a thread entitled 'More Questions' or 'Am I Making Bone Broth Correctly?'

In any case, as long as you have Signed up on the page where it asks you to 'subscribe to comments', then you'll get a notification in your inbox every time someone responds, then you just click on the link. You don't need to keep the old link in your inbox, it'll notify you each time- as long as you sign up for it.

Then you can start a new thread if you have a question on, say, your vitamin d level. That way it's more helpful to everyone. OR you can go to the Chat Forum and ask questions there. I still answer if no one else does or I don't think that there answer is correct.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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