Everyone has heard the song or nursery rhyme that proclaims, “Your ankle bone connected to your leg bone; your leg bone connected to your knee bone; your knee bone connected to your thigh bone…,” and so the song goes. It’s a fun song to sing when you’re five and a great way to learn how all of the joints in the human body connect, but singing the same song when you’re 30, 40, 50, and beyond, may take on a whole new tune—especially if one portion of the kinetic chain becomes hurt or injured.
The Kinetic Chain
Every connected bone in the human body was created for a reason and intended to work in a certain way. These moving segments are structurally and functionally linked at the joints, intended for the body to move proportionately and smoothly. Movement quality is the result of multiple joints working in a coordinated sequence within the kinetic chain. This concept, “kinetic health” is the term used by Opedix to depict this moving relationship.
What Happens When the Kinetic Chain Becomes Disrupted?
A previous musculoskeletal injury, muscular fatigue, muscle overuse, or poor form during athletics distorts the information recorded in the brain that stores how to move optimally. When an individual has poor rear foot control, hip extensor and abductor weakness, muscle tightness, limited pelvic motion, limited range of motion, etc., a progressive dysfunction in the patterns of our movement system becomes disruptive. When the body does not move in an optimal way, muscle fatigue is increased which puts stress on the joints to work harder. The result: athletic performance is reduced, joint pain increased, and the body essentially becomes exposed to additional risks and the progressive destruction of our joints.
Kinetic Health Technology
Based on scientific, biomechanical, evidence-based data, many musculoskeletal disorders are responding to simple prevention techniques that are created to improve bodily motion and enhance muscle function so that the recovery of the body’s kinetic health can return. One such inaugural product is knee support tights for runners.
Lab tests prove that knee support tights for runners can reduce knee unloading by 16%. The test was performed on a group of 10 athletic individuals during walking and running, both with and without knee support tights. Using high-speed cameras, force sensors, and clinical observation, the study provided scientific validation that knee support tights influences joint function leading to the promotion of kinetic health. On a similar study performed on over 350 professional skiers throughout well-known ski resorts, quadriceps fatigue and recovery was reduced by 25% when skiing with knee support tights.
While medical experts agree that a consistent strengthening and condition program is essential to kinetic health in athletes, integrating kinetic health apparel and joint support sportswear into an individual’s everyday training and competition, can help decrease knee pain and prevent injuries.
Opedix Kinetic Health knee support tights, joint support apparel, and athletic compression gear enhances bodily motion and offers support and comfort to athletes while employing some of the same principles of traditional un-loader knee-bracing systems. To learn more about joint injury prevention and how to improve kinetic health for joint pain relief, please visit http://www.opedix.com.