Prayer injuries
#1
So when I started praying 15 decades of the Rosary back in late November, usually all at once, I knelt on the hard floor in my bedroom with only a thin carpet over it, and after a couple weeks I could feel the strain on my knees.  To give my knees a break I started praying the Rosary while sitting in bed, but I think damage has been done.

Today after Confession I had time enough to pray 10 decades before Mass, and still on the padded kneeler my knees got sore and for a while it felt that whenever I stood during Mass my legs might give out.  Fortunately I didn't, but even as I sit here to type this post my knees feel odd.

So what things can be done to mitigate the harmful effects of improper prayer form?  I prefer to pray on my knees above all else, but I don't want to go into my 30s as a cripple because I was obstinate about 15 decade Rosaries.
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#2
I usually pray the 15 decades all at once as you do. What I do is I either sit or lay on bed for the Joyful and Glorious mysteries and I kneel for the Sorrowful Mysteries. It doesn't matter how you say the Rosary as long as you say it.

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#3
When I pray the rosary I alternate kneeling and standing.  Pressure serves as a powerful analgesic, so you don't feel any damage being done when you're kneeling.  I only pray 5 decades at a time, and the first time I did it, on cushy carpet even, I had trouble walking for a day or so afterwards.  I couldn't get up very easily immediately afterwards either.  I'm pretty heavy though, so that might have something to do with it.  In order to avoid damaging my knees, I now kneel for a decade, then stand for a decade etc.  Maybe if I lose some weight I can kneel longer but for now this will have to do.
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#4
Well when I kneel and apply pressure to my left knee, I can feel something inside my leg shift uncomfortably.  When I was a lot heavier I used to run for exercise and weight loss, but gave it up when I suffered from knee swelling and attendant pain.

I will try sitting for the Joyful and Glorious mysteries and kneeling for the Sorrowful, but again my concern is preserving my physical health so that I can continue to kneel for prayers.
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#5
What if you lean on something while kneeling? You could then support yourself more evenly by putting some weight on your arms too.
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#6
I usually leaned forward against my bed or sat on my ankles for a significant period of the Rosary.  When I knelt upright, I would often shift from one knee to the other or keep one leg forward enough so that the knee didn't rest on the floor.
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#7
Knees are notoriously slow to heal.  I'd recommend upping your vitamin C intake, like alot, take 1000 to 3000 mg daily, preferably in liquid form like Emergen-C.  Vitamin C is essential for healing joints.  You should see results in about a week.
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#8
I've been eating a lot of oranges lately, I probably had a dozen this week.

I'm going to hold off on supplements until I see my physician, which will be when I get health insurance again.
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#9
Why would you have to hold off on vitamin C?  Doctors can't prescribe vitamin c anyways.  I mean, I don't care, do what you want, it's just strange to me that someone would want to consult a doctor before taking vitamin c.
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#10
I was under the impression that a physician should be consulted before taking any supplement regularly.

Still, my mom did start getting rashes once she took a supplement as directed by her physician; they went away when he took her off them...
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