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Verbal Anatomy : Your Meniscus @ Gini Martinez

Verbal Anatomy : Your Meniscus


Words Matter

The language we use to talk about our bodies influences how we inhabit our bodies. Words create mental pictures which become the way we envision ourselves being in the world. When it comes to our anatomy, the language we use is often foreign and sometimes complex which makes it difficult to visualize the individual parts that make us up. As a result, we tend to visualize our insides incorrectly, if at all, and that impacts the embodiment of our whole.

 

Without a clear picture of our interior design, we become dependent on other “experts'” dogma regarding the maintenance of our internal health.

 

In these posts, I break down the language of our complex anatomy and get to the heart of how you are uniquely designed so you can clearly visualize what’s going on inside and more easily embody your innate power.

 

Verbal Anatomy : Your Meniscus

Your Menisci {plural} are structures found between your femur and tibia bones, made of {flexible but durable} fibrocartilage. They aid in distributing lubricating {nourishing} synovial fluid as well as providing shock absorption and stability to the joints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meniscus comes from the Greek word meaning a “lunar crescent”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What makes a joint healthy? If your answer is synovial fluid, you’re half right.

 

Joints need daily movement within their normal range of motion for the lubricating synovial fluid to be secreted and distributed.

 

Assuming your knees are healthy, are you moving in their full range on a daily basis? Do you squat {lowering your body} to pick things off the floor, or do you flex your lower spine instead? Do you take regular walks or run?

 

The less you move, the more your Menisci will function like dry, hard bagel moons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The more you move, your Menisci will function like cushiony, pliable croissant moons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

{With an added image of lubricating buttery goodness.}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What activities do you look forward to doing well into your 50’s, 60’s and 70’s because you’ll have healthy, pliable, juicy “lunar crescent” Menisci? I’d love to read about them in the comments below.

 

Entymology reference used: etymonline.com

 

 

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