Corrective Exercise: Benefits and Application
You may be asking yourself, what is corrective exercise? First off, corrective exercise is an exercise technique which is very different from other regular exercise programs. The first step in the process involves a detailed analysis of your body and how it functions. This analysis helps determine if there are any imbalances that could be affecting your performance.
After the analysis, your physician will design a detailed program to help correct your body’s structure. In short, corrective exercises focus on the cause of the pain. After all, the best way to eliminate pain is to eliminate the cause. These exercises make positive changes to the way you move, which in turn prevents further pain.
How Does It Work?
Corrective exercises help bring your body back into it’s normal postural position. When your body is at its natural posture, it preforms more efficiently. However, most people pick up bad posture habits (slouching, leaning, etc.). These bad posture habits can wreak havoc on your body, causing tightness and stiffness in parts of your body.
Additionally your muscles may become weak and thus not work properly. If one part of your body isn’t working properly, other parts of your body will soon follow suit. This process of inefficiency can cause a slew of unwanted problems.
Corrective exercises help reverse these imbalances and compensations so your body can work efficiently without pain. Basically, corrective exercises loosen stiff muscles and activates lazy muscles. The main goal of corrective exercises is to re-train your body to move as it was designed to move, so it can function more efficiently.
In addition to correcting your body’s imbalances, corrective exercises also come with many benefits. Here are just a few:
#1: Pain Reduction
This is probably one of the most notable benefits of corrective exercises, especially if you have chronic pain. Additionally, the results can happen pretty quickly and be pretty significant. However, the results may not be permanent. But you can do these exercises daily at home in order to reproduce the good results.
#2: Enhances Functional and Athletic Performance
If your muscles aren’t functioning properly, then your athletic performance probably isn’t where you want it to be. Not only that, but day to day activities become a lot more of a hassle. Corrective exercises help your body function more efficiently, which in turn enhances both your functional and athletic performance.
#3: Reduces Risk of Injury
When your muscles aren’t functioning properly, your risk of injury increases by quite a bit. However, when your muscles are functioning properly you are at much less of a risk. Corrective exercises will help prevent future injuries and prevent further to current ones.
This benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are a few more notable benefits:
- Detects physical weaknesses and imbalances
- Differentiates between movement quality and compensations
- Enables an individual to control the pain without the use of drugs, manipulation or surgery
- Helps in detecting the cause-and-effect relationship to microtrauma
- Makes daily living activities easier
- Improves strength and flexibility
- Improves posture
- Reduces stress
- Gives an overall sense of well being
In short, corrective exercises help correct imbalances and help return your body back to its normal posture position. It helps relax stiff muscles and activate lazy ones so your body can perform more efficiently. Additionally it comes with amazing benefits such as: reduced pain, enhanced physical performance, and improves your strength and flexibility.
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