Craniosacral Therapy can affect joint problems in a powerful way; it can be used for joint rehabilitation, recovery from joint operations, to support hip and knee replacements, and help with joint diseases.
Can Knee joints recover from physical deterioration? Yes, because bone is consistently being remodelled and all joints will be conducive to aligning back to the original blueprint of health, if the conditional forces affecting the joint can be helped. "Even someone with chronic osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can be helped - the body can always move towards greater health" (Sumner and Haines, 2010).
The two most common forms of knee trouble are cartilage trouble and patella - femur issues which means the patella fails to track properly as it glides up and down the front of the femur, causing friction and pain. Stiffness arises as a joint dries up due to lack of movement. Essentially, a therapist will help to establish space in your joint and improve your mobility.
How can Craniosacral Therapy help? First of all, the practitioner will help you to relax your whole body, including your legs, knees and hips. The aim is to increase the elasticity of the knee joint so that the femur and tibia are not so jammed together inside. The treatment is extremely gentle and subtle, and you will remain in a relaxed state throughout. With knee difficulties, tension that has tightened connective tissues also has the potential to impact the nervous system, causing a pain reflex. The therapy can facilitate a release in the tissues so that your body will naturally relax and self-correct. The aim is to balance the joint space so that your knee can go through its full set of movements and create less wear and tear on your cartilage. The alignment of the tibia to the femur is the key goal.
The practitioner can sense the health at a joint and the potency in the fluid synovial cavity of the knee and then is potentially able to facilitate a body balance between the limbs and the midline, by orienting between your knee and spine. As the local blood supply to your knee increases and stimulates the joint, the arthritic process reduces and creates the possibility for regeneration.
During a treatment you may feel your knee warming up, as the blood flow returns. Afterwards, as your joint has loosened up, you may find that you can feel a new sense of tissue tenderness - this is one of the best signs of progress!