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Biomechanic exercises can realign body, ease joint pain

Posted November 2, 2011

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— Abnormal alignment of joints in the body can cause all kinds of pain and discomfort – in the back, knees, feet, shoulders, just about anywhere. A simple technique being used at Rex Wellness Center in Raleigh can bring the body back in line and stop the pain.

Martin Haines, a trainer with Intelligent Training Systems, which is offered through Rex, said biomechanic exercises can help.

"One of the very common causes of back pain is the fact that the pelvis might not be moving correctly," Haines said. 

One sign of that the pelvis is misaligned is when one leg is longer than the other.

"If we take pressure off that leg by getting the pelvis realigned, it takes the pressure off the different joints," he said.

Marsha McNair, 52, follows a routine of biometric exercises that help ease her chronic joint pain.

Biomechanics Biomechanic exercises can realign body, ease joint pain

"I've had a lot of right hip issues, right shoulder issues, knee issues when I would try to run, and that, in turn, led to issues in my feet," she said.

Exercise made the painful muscle spasms worse.

Doing simple static exercises – pressing her ankle down into her thigh while lifting her knee in her hand or gently rolling her shoulders from one side to the other, for example  – before and after a cardio workout and at home can help.

"I do it as soon as I get up out of bed in the morning, before I go to bed at night and several times in between," McNair said. 

It will take time before she's pain-free, but McNair said she's already seeing some relief.

"It's getting better," she said. "It took me 52 years to get in this shape, (so) it's going to take a while to fix it."

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  • anne53ozzy Nov 7, 2011

    If is hurts, move around a bit more and concentrate on the areas that are of issue. This may only apply if you are smart enough to understnd what is going on with your body.

  • abylelab -BT- Nov 3, 2011

    ++No , if you will take time to read MCV and UNC-CH are civilian schools that I had to pay for. Kinda takes all the "logic" out of your argument doesn't it?
    Disabled Vet

    yep, makes me wonder why my cousins who served in desert storm can't seem to be helped by the army's well-trained physicians

  • Disabled Vet Nov 3, 2011

    so, what you're saying is you only got what the army wanted you to have? Is what was supposed to have been pasted. not something about the first amendment.

  • Disabled Vet Nov 3, 2011

    "It's naive to put a price tag put on the 1st Amendment. It can be nullified by making the price too high.
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    November 3, 2011 9:07 a.m.
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    No , if you will take time to read MCV and UNC-CH are civilian schools that I had to pay for. Kinda takes all the "logic" out of your argument doesn't it?

  • abylelab -BT- Nov 3, 2011

    sorry, i'm cynical by nature.

  • sammyg Nov 3, 2011

    Meow abylelab!

  • abylelab -BT- Nov 3, 2011

    and by-the-by, it doesn't take a medical degree to learn skills in logic.

  • abylelab -BT- Nov 3, 2011

    +++ I got mine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas, Walter Reed Army Medical Center at Fort Lee Virginia, Medical College of Virginia and at UNC-CH. Disabled Vet

    so, what you're saying is you only got what the army wanted you to have?

  • Disabled Vet Nov 3, 2011

    Hate to disappoint your little world, but I was highly trained in what to look for. Oh, by the way, where did you get your medical training? I got mine at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Texas, Walter Reed Army Medical Center at Fort Lee Virginia, Medical College of Virginia and at UNC-CH.

    Oh, did you say you got yours off of Discovery Health TV or was it watching General Hospital?

  • abylelab -BT- Nov 3, 2011

    +++Sounds like just another name for chiropractor. I spent 32 years in medicine and seven of those were in orthopaedics and I have never seen a spine or pelvis that needed an "alignment". If a spine or pelvis is out of alignment, then somebody has some pretty serious ortho issues that need surgical intervention.
    Disabled Vet

    that's probably because you weren't trained to know what you were looking at

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