Thank you brother, I appreciate it. I don't want to waste anyone's time here and appreciate any help and the kind words.
I have been doing massage for many years (used to do chiro but learned that's not helping). Found a great therapist who does a lot of active release, acupuncture + stim and doesn't just grind your muscle for an hour (which I used to think was the best). Haven't done cupping though. Any personal success there?
I have tried so many things for my squat, believe me. Different position (V, sumo, standard, high bar, low bar), lightening the weights to try and get volume in, different resistances. Constantly critiquing and taping my form to review. These knees don't seem to GAF how I squat. I will train them for 1-2 months and then they will ache constantly until I stop for a few weeks. I will say that I don't believe I've tried training them lightly for a month, taking 2 weeks off, coming back training moderately heavier, resting 2 weeks and working up that way. Given my history, this might work? I have to figure something out if I want to compete.
Yeah, I've had success with cupping. All of the things you mentioned actually. ART, acupuncture, stim......
You just may not be built for squats. I'm not either. I supplement with other things.
Try splitting up quads on one day and glutes/hams 3-4 days later. I compete in Men's Physique and a lot of guys neglect legs in MPD. Big mistake.