How Does Corrective Exercise Work?
Corrective Exercise is a type of exercise that helps in bringing the body back into its normal postural position. The body is designed such that it performs at its maximum level when it assumes a proper posture. However, many individuals tend to pick up bad postural habits such as slouching, leaning and sitting at desks in awkward positions at work. Gradually this wrong position is assumed in daily activities causing tightening or stiffness in certain regions and loosening in other areas. Corrective exercise helps in loosening the tense and stiff muscles and activates the lazy muscles. Basically it helps in re-training the body to move as it was designed to move in order to function at its maximum level. Corrective exercise enhances the body’s biomechanics and eliminates the negative stresses from the body, as these negative stresses build up in the body resulting in pain and affecting the body’s normal range of movements. Through corrective exercises, the correct structure of the body is restored and the body stops compensating for imbalances and the person is able to move freely without pain.
The basis of corrective exercise is that each muscle is connected to another muscle and the nervous system communicates with all the joints and muscles. Corrective exercise helps in reintroducing appropriate structure in the body, thus enabling a person to move freely with less pain. Corrective exercise benefits people of all abilities and ages.
Correct Exercise is about exercising with purpose.
In everyday life, we are constantly doing activities that create imbalances in our bodies. From sleeping on one side, sitting for long periods of time, or participating in sports like tennis and golf, our bodies slowly develop strengths and weaknesses that eventually lead to asymmetry in our posture and movement. These posture and movement imbalances can lead to unnecessary wear and tear on our muscles and joints and make us more susceptible to chronic pain and injuries.
The goal of Corrective Exercise is to identify from your activity level and personal health history, both your posture and movement imbalances and joint limitations and to develop a program to correct them. Making sure they are performed with proper technique and posture.
The focus is on movements designed to create balance, stability, and/or mobility in areas that are not functioning properly. Unfortunately, many personal training programs fail to include a proper assessment and do not address postural imbalances by including the right combination of strengthening and stretching exercises.