Knee Holds

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Common Holds

  • Under femur, over tibia
    Under femur, over tibia
  • Superior and inferior to the knee joint
    Superior and inferior to the knee joint
  • Tibia and either side of the knee joint
    Tibia and either side of the knee joint
  • Bilateral knee contact
    Bilateral knee contact


Overview

Basic Hold

Superior hand is contacting the femur, underneath the knee joint. The inferior hand is on the tibia. Explore the tibia moving towards the ceiling.

Bi wiki hold knee below above.jpg

Variations

Alternative Hold

This is great for supporting longitudinal space in the joint.

Bi wiki hold knee either side.jpg

Treatment Notes

The alignment of the tibia to the femur is the essential relationship in knee issues. According to Dr Mark Charrette DC[1] there are three possible patterns at the knee joint:

  • The whole tibia is relatively posterior to the femur.
  • The lateral part of the tibia is posterior; the tibia is externally rotated in relationship to the femur
  • The medial part of the tibia is posterior; the tibia is internally rotated in relationship to the femur.
'From being someone who generally got mediocre results with knee issues I started getting radically better results after learning to feel the above patterns. I highly recommend exploring the alignment of the tibia on the femur with the possibility of the tibia moving anterior.' Steve Haines.[2]

Relevant Anatomy

Knee helga.jpg

References

  1. Charrette, M. (2005) Charrette Extremity Adjusting Protocols. Lecture notes from Dr Mark Charrette DC.
  2. Sumner, G. and Haines, S. (2010) Cranial Intelligence - A Practical Guide to Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. London: Singing Dragon.