Biomechanic exercises can realign body, ease joint pain
Posted November 2, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
"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."