It was time to see a physiotherapist for Michiel’s knee. I have done everything I can to try and improve the problem, so let’s see what’s going on in there!

We went to Sports Therapy in Nelson, and were seen by Tneal. We were both waiting with bated breath to see if she would say an amputation, or a whole new knee was needed…

Shorts rolled up, ready for the imminent amputation

Luckily for us, this wasn’t the case. Tneal was great, and did some work on the knee with suction cups, and deep tissue work, before concluding that Michiel has a case of Patella Tendonapathy – also known as, runners knee. Very common, and treatable, phew.

Suction cupping 

We got some new insights, strengthening exercises, and great advice

When we run, the glutes hold our pelvis level and steady, extend our hip, propel us forward, and keep our legs, pelvis, and torso aligned. So when our glutes become tight, our entire kinetic chain gets disrupted – leading to issues in the knee. Although we stretch after every session, its time to step up the yoga, and do more hip strengthening moves, working specifically on the IT band, TFL and glute muscles!

It is always worth getting the advice of a professional specifically qualified to help an injury!