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For this week’s video tutorial I decided to put up something to help assist with knee pain and dysfunction. The knee is a region of the body I have found to be very problematic with just about anyone who involves running or dynamic movement into their training regimens. Knee pains are generally a result of a body not operating from a proper center of gravity. Since the majority of people in our culture are completely disconnected with the integrated functionality of their 3 pillars of posture, there will usually be a lateral movement translation within the pelvis that will orient problems into the knee region. Poor center of gravity due to poor integrated lumbo-pelvic, abdominal and thoracic activity will lead to movement compensations in the knee that are not structurally meant to be there.

An area that commonly gets associated over-activity while operating in dysfunction is the IT band. The IT band is usually the direct region influencing knee pain since it attaches at the lateral border of the knee. When it gets bound up from excessive deficient neuromuscular associations, it will act in a manner that will pull the knee into lateral patellar tracking. This means it will usually pull parts of the patella laterally. By releasing this muscle directly, it can often times lead to a significant reduction of pain in the knee.

Here is a cupping technique I have been utilizing with my clients and athletes towards transitioning into balance. Although this technique can be beneficial in the reduction of pain in the knee region, it is only covering 1 link in the kinetic chain. It is crucial to understand that if we want to get to the root cause of a problem, we have to address the integrated sequences of dysfunction. Nothing in our universe operates in and of itself and the human body is no different. All things said, if you’r feeling knee pain this can be a technique that will undoubtedly help in the transition towards functionality.

Be intentional, not habitual!


Hey guys this is Naudi Aguilar at Functional Patterns and for today’s video tutorial I’m going to be showing you guys an IT band release with a Chinese cup. This has become a very, very useful tool for me when I’m training my fighters and my other athletes and it’s become really important for developing mobility in specific areas that may not get too much blood flow and may have fascial restrictions and fascia build up. The specific point we are going to be focusing on today is going to be at the IT band. This specific region’s usually going to be found underneath the vastus lateralis, which is located about right here; it’s the outer portion of the quadricep. What we want to do is try and get underneath that specific area and try and get the cups settled in to these regions right here.

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A lot of times what people will do is they try rolling that specific area out. They’ll try getting just over that quadricep thinking that they are getting the IT band but it’s really not actually there. We kind of have to get underneath that. What I’m really just going to do is get the cup, put it in this region just slightly underneath where that vastus lateralis is, and just start pumping that there. I’ll get another one, put it right beneath there, and I kind of just let it settle in there. I’ve had guys that come in to me for when they come in they work on techniques in jujitsu or they go do some sparring; I have a client that will play tennis and they told me that they have problems with their knee, and usually I’ll just leave that stuff sitting there for a good five minutes and usually that will end up getting a lot of that tissue build up specifically in that area down.

It’s usually something that I’ll use prior to doing myofascial release to kind of send some blood flow directly into this region. After that I will go in there and start doing a myofascial release technique after that. I’ll usually do this and then from there if I need to go in there and manually release it can help significantly. I’ll kind of just let that settle in there, I’ll take them off, maybe go down a little lower with both of them, and I’ll just keep that pressure on there. How does that feel a little tight?

Little bit yeah.

We’ll just keep that on there for a good few minutes and we’re good to go. Now keep in mind that that IT band specifically what it’s going to do is if it gets really bound up, especially with quadricep tightness, is that the vastus lateralis and the IT band itself will get fascial entanglement where those two things are going to start entangling with one another and it will start just pulling that patella laterally. It will start grabbing that kneecap and pulling it off to the side. When we release that tension right there, what that’s going to do is allow that knee to get to a more centered position.

Now the reason that the IT band works way more than what it needs to and the reason it will get tight is usually structurally oriented around how your posture is built up, how well your core is functioning, and just in general how well your body integrates into most of its movements. If this area is bound up this will be something that will be good for direct release and direct relief of this entire region. We have to release that the body is an entirely structurally integrated system and that we have to get to that before doing something like this. If you are somebody that is suffering from knee pain, this can be a very beneficial technique towards relieving that initially and then after that you can start going into other corrective procedures to completely address the body and completely fix the problem and really get the root of what’s causing most of that knee pain.

If you guys like this video I’d recommend go to my YouTube channel and subscribing to it or going to my website at functionalpatterns.com to browse a library of information I have put up for you guys free of charge. You guys can learn how you relate with your body functionally. This is Naudi Aguilar reminding you to live intentionally and not habitually; take care.