What is Corrective Exercise?

The main focus of corrective exercise is to optimize movement.

It’s not to diagnose or treat injuries; it’s to make moving easier and more efficient. Bettering your quality of movement reduces how often you get injured and the severity of your injuries.

Movements linked to corrective exercise also improve mood, performance, and results from your workouts.

The need for this specialized training is growing rapidly as technology moves forward and leads us to increasingly sedentary lives. Our bodies adapt to what we demand of them.  That can be a positive adaptation or negative.

Our bodies adapt to what we demand of them.

We can increase the quality of movement, lean body mass, and energy systems by proper exercise and nutrition. We can also lose range of motion and gain excess body fat. As a Corrective Exercise Specialist, I follow an evidence-based system to make sure we move towards optimum movement quality. We identify the dysfunction, create a plan and implement the plan. 

Corrective Exercise Is For Everyone

Every one of us can use a corrective exercise program. Low back pain, stiff neck, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, and plantar fasciitis are among the most common issues many of us are living with.  Whether you are currently dealing with discomfort or looking to avoid pain, improving your quality of movement is important. Brand new exercisers and diehards benefit equally.

Measuring Before We Can Improve

Although you may be experiencing pain in one area of the body, the cause can be from an entirely different area. 

If there is dysfunction in a joint, it will cause movement compensations. When a joint is compromised, it will affect other joints above or below it. We call this regional interdependence.

For example, if the ankle doesn’t have a full range of motion, the knees can fall towards each other.  Therefore, we conduct a thorough assessment. This gives us the information we need to create a plan.

A comprehensive assessment reveals which muscles are overactive and which are underactive. Overactive muscles are tight and short.  Underactive muscles are lengthened. 

Corrective Exercise Process

In order to optimize movement and diminish injury and pain, we follow a four-step process. 

The first step is to quiet or inhibit the overactive muscles.  The is achieved by using SMR or Self Myofascial Rolling. It is done by foam rolling or using a percussion device. 

The second step is to lengthen the muscles through a proper stretching protocol.

The third step is the activation of the underactive muscles. Retraining these muscles to do the work they are designed to do is accomplished by isolation exercises.

The final step is integration. This step uses carefully chosen exercises that use synergistic and functional movement patterns. It retrains the muscles and nervous system to work in the proper sequence.

Following Through with Corrective Excercise

Now that your CES has identified the issue and created the personalized plan for your success, it’s time to implement the plan.

Working with a certified corrective exercise specialist ensures that you will get the best chance of success. The good news is that these exercises are simple to learn. The challenge is understanding the exact exercise.

Sequence, position, tempo, frequency, exercise selection, and order all are vital to proper outcomes.  Strategies to incorporate them into either your warm-up or cool down or to focus an entire session on corrective exercise is where your coach earns their fees.

Sequence, position, tempo, frequency, exercise selection, and order all are vital to proper outcomes.

Now you know about corrective exercise. Take the next step and register for the Empower Hour. 

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