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!!