When I saw the Nee-ji on twitter, I thought is sounded cool and I wanted to give it a shot. In the past, when I had knee pain from an injury, I had teachers tell me to put a towel behind my knee and it worked so figured the Nee-ji may work as well.
What is the Neeji?
The nee-ji can be used to help combat certain aspects of knee pain. It can help people with pain associated with Osteoarthritis, patello-femoral pain (problems associated with the knee cap), calf tension, Achilles tendonosis, “stiff knee”, post knee surgery and restricted range of motion. Its applications are varied depending on the original problem and diagnosis. Please consult your physician or physiotherapist if you have any doubt or concern before using the nee-ji. Use of the nee-ji is at the user’s own risk. nee-ji.com accepts no liability for any misuse or damage sustained during its use.
The nee-ji sits behind the knee joint in the fold (popliteal crease) of the knee. The knee is then flexed gently to achieve certain yoga poses. The poses are then held in a static posture allowing a continuous pressure behind the knee.
The nee-ji is made out of low-density flexible foam which provides maximum support and comfort for the user.
How and why does the nee-ji work?
- Bending the knee with a gentle pressure from the back of the knee acts as a mobilisation with movement. This technique can stretch the soft tissues around the knee joint to help improve the range of motion (most likely flexion/bend). This is easily measured and compared. This technique reflects the work and theories developed by Brian Mulligan.
- A sustained direct pressure applied to the crease behind the knee joint can create an acupressure effect similar to that of acupuncture. This technique has been in use for just over 2000 years. The painful stimulus causes a reduction in primary pain by using different branches of the nervous system. Short term pain relief is achieved via a distraction mechanism using the pain gate theory at a spinal cord level. A longer lasting effect is achieved by the stimulation of the brain to produce endorphins. This natural chemical production will also supplement the post yoga experience. Acupressure is not as deep as the needle version but can still hit the acupuncture point located there (Bladder 40).
- Direct pressure to an area of increased tension/thickening within a muscle or a “trigger point” can cause that muscle to relax and reduce its tension. There can be such trigger points located in either the muscles at the bottom of the hamstring, back of the knee or top of the calf muscles. All these areas can be influenced pressure from the nee-ji.
The practice of trigger point release was researched and developed by Travell and Simons among others.
Back when Abraham Lincoln was alive, I acquired a knee injury from a loving but over zealous assist. They are pretty much okay now but every now and then if I don’t practice enough or push myself when I am not warmed up, they like to act up. I received the Nee-ji about a month ago and I have been playing with them every sense. They are very comfortable and light. They work better then the towel because the shape does lend itself to a bit more pressure.
Nee-ji ships world wide and is roughly $15 dollars. For more information,go to nee-ji.com