I can not figure out how to release this tension around my knees. I had a back injury a few weeks ago, so I took a week off and have been doing fairly light exercises since recovering, making sure not to overdo it again. However, I have a constant pulling around both of my kneecaps and it is so uncomfortable! I am stretching my quads and hamstrings often, but it's not providing any relief. While exercising, it feels a little bit more uncomfortable, but mostly I just feel very vulnerable and want to prevent a real knee injury.
I have never felt this kind of tension in all of my years of competitive soccer, running and now strength training.
Please help me figure out how to relieve my poor knees!
If it helps, I'm a female, 27 yo, and a 11-year vegan.