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Free Goodies for the Commonly Aching Joints of the Historical Fencer

by Meg Floyd

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I hope everyone has limped into the holiday season with health and only moderate to severe belly grumbles from excellent Thanksgiving Day feasts. (My condolences to our European counterparts who lack such bounty in their lives this time of year.) Today I wanted to share a few videos that I’ve found helpful for relieving my own joint pain, since lately it seems to be a question of which joints are hurting moreso than if I’m in pain or not. (This may not be universal–I’m dealing with weight problems, which certainly don’t help, and I may just have a predilection for bad joints.) However, I think my issues of common joint pain are far from rare. Chief complaints tend to be elbow pain (tennis elbow), knee pain (of every variety), and foot pain (be it a grappling injury, plantar fasciitis, or what have you.)

So! Here are a few videos, mainly of self massage, that have often served me to get range of motion back in the middle of class when a joint has decided no, it’s not going to work anymore today.

Disclaimer:  I am not a medical doctor or physical therapist of any kind. I cannot vouch for the medical expertise of the people in these videos. All I know is loosening up/stretching/self-massaging in these ways makes my joints hurt less and improves my function. If you’re actually injured, GO SEE A DOCTOR. Employ self massage of any type at your own risk, and don’t be an  idiot. If something hurts you, then stop. 

#1) Guy Windsor’s Free Footwork Course — his videos are about 40 minutes total and include a gentle warmup, some balancing exercises, and a 20 min self massage routine for the knees. I completed it today and my legs feel lovely, so I highly recommend you check it out.

#2) Self Massage for Tennis Elbow

#3) Self Massage for Plantar Fasciitis

#4) Self Massage for Ankle Pain/Shin Splints

#5) Self Massage for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome/Tingling and Numb Fingers