Want to keep running your whole life? Then be nice to your hips. Your hips are a ball & socket joint and subject to tremendous compression force while running. This dynamic exercise will lubricate the socket and create a soft cushioned environment to help absorb the shock & joint compression associated with running.
After nearly three years of “I’m too busy” excuses, plus a few untimely injuries, I find myself a few days away from the 2013 edition of the Brooklyn Half marathon. With over 25,000 runners toeing the starting line I know I won’t be alone. This race, however, will be different for me: I’ll be running home.
The past 24 months of man-made and natural forces provided my family, residing in Breezy Point, with a house fire, a rebuild and a return home that was quickly stolen from us by Hurricane Sandy. Brooklyn became my family’s adoptive home for several months. As a friend pointed out, “You don’t adopt Brooklyn. Brooklyn adopts you.”
I started my training while living in Brooklyn and was able to pound the pavement in some great places I’d previously only driven through. My family enjoyed our stay in Brooklyn and today it feels like our second home.
When the gun goes off on May 18th, I’ll do my laps around Prospect Park, wind my way by Grand Army Plaza, count down the alphabet streets along the straight-away of Ocean Parkway and then find my feet on the ramp to the Coney Island boardwalk.
When I get to the top of the ramp and land on the boardwalk, I will look across Jamaica Bay and see the friendly but battered shores of Breezy Point. I won’t be running for a cause. I won’t be running for a time. And I definitely won’t be running for prize money.
This exercise is designed to specifically target mobility to the sacroiliac joint, commonly known as the SI joint. Creating fluid motion here helps keep the hips perfectly aligned. this helps prevent wearing out of the legs by keeping equal weight distribution.
Think of of this exercise as a wheel alignment for a car, only for your body.
Running is not a linear sport as most people think . It requires a dynamic ability to slightly rotate at the pelvis while you move forward.
This move creates a smooth running economy . The pelvis, sacroiliac joints & lower back lumbar spine are all targeted with this dynamic movement. It creates feeling of being “fluid” in the spine and also helps low back pain.
This dynamic movement targets both the inner thigh and the hamstring muscle group. Collectively known as the groin, this area is especially vulnerable to strain, especially in women due to the angle of the hips & the numerous tendons which glide over each other at this one spot.
For my ACL recovery, I have been using an electric stimulator thigh wrap. This is a new technology which uses a special electrical stimulation contained within the thigh bandage itself. This device delivers an electrical current which stimulates the Quadriceps muscle to prevent atrophy and speed recovery by causing muscular contractions independent of effort by the patient .
Often, following orthopedic surgery the affected region undergoes wasting away very quickly. This helps prevent muscle atrophy and regains strength while the patient recovers, generally before exercise protocols begins.
This is device is great. It strengthens your quad muscles while you are at rest and unable to actively engage them. It has definitely helped speed my ACL recovery.