What is corrective exercise?

Any exercise which improves the quality of your movement and not simply the quantity of your movement is considered corrective.  It is exercise targeted specifically at the weak links in our movement which leave us at risk for injury and pain. 

What is the goal of corrective exercise?

The goal is to correct imbalances between the function of the left and right sides of the body and to re-establish the fundamental movement patterns we all learned by the time we were 3 years old.  These helped us to roll over, crawl, sit, squat, stand, and eventually walk, run and climb.    

When is corrective exercise helpful?

Those of us with a weak side, a bad side or a troublesome joint will get very good results from corrective exercise.  Those of us with a history of recurring injury will often find the reason for the recurrence is how we move.  Those of us who are stuck in a training plateau are often being held back by dysfunctional movement patterns.  If your job or life in general requires you to stay in a particular posture for extended periods of time, you’ll benefit from correcting the imbalances common to that posture.

 When is corrective exercise not appropriate?

When a movement actually creates pain, it is not beneficial to attempt to work through that pain.  The presence of pain in a movement will alter the pattern and create compensations in the normal use of your joints and muscles.  These compensations lead to overuse of certain muscles and underuse of others which eventually develops into further painful movement and a new set of injuries to deal with!  The first item on the agenda is to stop performing movements that are promoting the problem and focus on the movements that are dysfunctional but not painful.   

What is a corrective exercise session like?

We begin with a brief screening of your basic movement patterns.  If there is pain in the pattern, we assess for the cause of the pain and for non-painful movements that can still be exercised.  If there is no pain but there is dysfunction in the pattern, we perform corrective exercises for that pattern.   Through continuous re-screening, we are able to identify formerly painful movements that can now be corrected and formerly dysfunctional movements that can now be conditioned. 

How many sessions will I need?

It is difficult to say, but rarely do clients require more than a couple of months to deal with a specific issue.  Often, there is major improvement within a single session and the client is able to go immediately back to their normal activities with a better functioning body.  If follow-up sessions are required, you’ll receive some exercises to do at home to reinforce the gains made in the office until your next appointment.   The awareness you gain in sessions, coupled with the newfound confidence and competence can be taken back into your training, recreation, and work life very quickly where you’ll continue making progress on your own.