At some point in our lives we may be faced with the need for some type of corrective exercise, a workout program or a series of corrective exercises that help to get us back to a proper form of moving. The goal of corrective exercises re-trains the joints and muscles to form neuromuscular pathways to work with one another and ultimately realign postural issues and muscular imbalances that often can contribute to limitations in mobility.
Today, this type of exercise is being performed by trained certified instructors at Whole Body Fitness and is seen as a distinct modality in combination of a regular workout routine for some clients as complimentary training to physical therapy. Similar to physical therapy, corrective therapy’s goal is to alleviate a client’s pain and help their bodies move through a freer form of movement.
We use gentle stretches, isometric holds of particular posture/poses, and or repetitive movements rooted in functional performance.
The Bennies of incorporating corrective exercises:
- It will identify areas of imbalances and muscle weakness and find the true source of your pain. For instance, knee pain may be caused by weakness in the glutes or hips. Often, a client’s source of pain is not the source of the weakness.
- No more Prescriptions or Over-the-counter meds
- Client’s confidence in controlling their movement and pain
- Joint Flexibility can often increase as well as muscle strength
- Reduced risk of sports and training injuries
- Improved posture
How can we help?:
Exercise physiologist Jacque Ratliff, spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) believes that long-term chronic pain is present with many new clients who are seeing a trainer for the first time. Many of the clients have suffered from low-back pain, arthritis or shoulder or neck issues for years and dealing with pain with medications, only to find their conditions worsening.
We see pain often associated with old sports injuries, and accidents and after meeting with a certified specialist, the client will have prescribed exercises to address specific needs.
SCAPULAR ROTATION – This corrective exercise is designed to reduce rounding of shoulders forward and pain associated with this condition. Lie down keeping chest and legs touching the floor. Raise your arms at a “Y” angle while keeping your head down, and hold pose for two seconds before releasing and returning to the floor.
Do one to three sets of 10-15 repetitions.
HIP FLEXOR – Kneel on the floor with the right leg forward and left leg behind you. Keeping the pose straight begin with the right side and squeeze the right ‘glute’ (buttock) releasing the tightness through the front quad and hip flexor. Hold pose for 30 seconds then repeat with left side.