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Why corrective exercise?

Many muscles or joint related injuries which happened to you in the past, could be prevented if you'd fixed your muscle imbalances through corrective exercising.

Corrective exercises are different movements which are used to fix the problems of joints and muscles. As a personal trainer and massage therapist, I've assessed the posture and functionality of many clients. I can confidently say that the majority of my clients have had at least one and in many cases more than two types of muscle/ joint imbalances.

Muscles are wrapped within connective tissues which are called fascia. The facia makes a connection within the muscles like a chain. Any problem with a muscle can affect the function of the other connected muscles. This concept might provide you with a better understanding of the causes related to any injuries. Yes, sometimes the damage to a muscle or joint in one region of the body roots from the malfunction of a different muscle or joint in a different area.

A massage therapist, personal trainer or a corrective exercise specialist should assess the patient or client before planning the exercise routine. The assessment should include the posture as well as the functionality of all the joints and muscles. All types of muscle weaknesses, postural imbalances, and joint restrictions should be noted and considered while designing the workout plans. After the assessment, all the issues should be prioritized by the trainer/therapist. The ones which affect multiple joints should be addressed before the rest.

The coach or therapist need to instruct the patient or client about remedial exercise which can be done at home. In fact, self-care and home exercise is a major part of any corrective exercise routine.

Considering the body as a whole would help the trainer to design an effective exercise program. The body is like a system, and the output of any system is related to the function of all the elements inside it. So, if a restriction related to the elbow extension is being fixed, strengthening the triceps alone cannot be the solution. A thorough assessment could identify the underlying reasons for this problem which the coach/trainer need to consider while designing the routine.

Corrective exercise has a vital role in any injury prevention as well as the rehab process of all musculoskeletal injuries.

Stay healthy,

Hooman Jamshidi Founder @Dur1 Health Registered massage therapist (RMT), Certified personal trainer E: C: 416.726.4652

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