Dear Bernie, thank you so much about the short anatomy lecture! very good information! i think it was a great idea to do the athroskopic surgeries on both knees. the recovering went quite fast and i found a wonderful building up possibility in combining weight training in a very slow motion (in Germany known as Kieser Training) and the opening posture in Japanese style with a rolled towel and sitting on a pillow. soon i could do yang and yin yoga in almost full range.
in a two weeks period i had not the chance to do the weight training, because i was traveling and doing concerts. in that time i focused on the opening posture.
lately i could lower or even take away the pillow but still with a rolled towel.
i even took in the Virasana pose, also with a rolled towel.
these opening sessions last 1 to 2 min in 2 or 3 sets.
in those two weeks i could feel that those first so extremely beneficial poses suddenly turned to harm the knees.
even though i was very gentil in my approach i could feel that this was not having the good effect only but also sensibilising the earlier painful area.
so i took a step back and im very careful again.
how is it possible that the same posture with the same conditions, being so beneficial is suddenly having such a different effect?
i hope i did not tear cartiladge again and what is hurting is scar tissue from the operations.
i will see soon.
Some time ago i heard about Michael Meliani a chiropractician from Berlin who is having a long experience in using the Chinese Tui Na technics. he uses bamboo sticks to remove scar tissue or even light torn tissue. i don't know how, but i heard that from many people who are in volved in dance or yoga, who went to him and were very satisfied. they said it is a very painful treatment and it helps. his site is not containing much information but it is possible to contact him. he is some time of the year in China. then it is difficult to reach him.
http://www.meliani-heilpraktiker.de/Web ... liani.html
it is maybe not so useful for the people living in America, since Berlin is not around the corner, but i think it is good to know, that there might be also alternatives.
all the best!