Corrective Exercise

Corrective exercise is a blanket category used to describe exercises that help address a range of issues in body movement and function. Some of the top issues corrective exercise works to help improve include: muscle imbalances, flexibility and stability issues, and problems related to injuries. These exercises are corrective in that they work to remedy any imbalances that may be present due to inactivity or injury. By emphasizing improvements in the movement pattern, corrective exercise works to increase function throughout the body.

Identify

The first step is to identify possible dysfunctions through movement screens. Screens are like mini exercises that can help make issues apparent. They work by putting the body through movements that require full range of motion and proper form, and examining how the body acts and reacts. Some conditions these screenings can test for are impingements, muscle imbalances, and other restrictions. Compound movements such as squats and pushups are great for to screen most of the body.

Improve

After identifying any issues that may be present, it’s important to take steps to improve the condition through corrective exercise. The particular exercises performed depend on the issue you’re working to correct. They are usually composed of variations on compound exercises and movements, that are modified in order to target a specific issue. They do this by focusing on a few key elements:

  1. Form

    1. Establishing proper form helps build up muscle memory to perform each exercise in a uniform and safe way every time

  2. Range of Motion

    1. Utilizing a full range of motion helps to correct and prevent muscle imbalances

  3. Slow

    1. Slowing down the movement to utilize both concentric and eccentric contractions, works to ensure balanced strength throughout each muscles

  4. Low Weight & High Reps

    1. Using low or no weight, and higher repetition counts, helps improve stability in muscle groups

Through corrective exercise, many potential issues across the body can be identified and improved. Always consult a professional when dealing with an injury, and when starting up a corrective exercise program.