Movement can be a powerful tool for improving our bodies and reducing pain. As a personal trainer, it can be easy to get caught up in the latest trends and techniques, but sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective. By encouraging our clients to move more, we can help them feel better and experience less pain.
What is Corrective Exercise?
Corrective exercise is a method of unwinding the body and addressing any restrictions that may be holding a person in a compensatory posture. By restoring muscle length and movement range, we can improve posture and stability, resulting in less chronic pain and discomfort. While it may seem complicated to a layman, corrective exercise can be easily understood if explained properly by a qualified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).
The Importance of Assessment
The first step in any corrective exercise program is assessment. This involves a postural assessment, which gives the CES an opportunity to map out the client's posture, and further movement assessments can be done to confirm the findings. It is important that the CES is able to articulate the findings to the client in a manner that is easily understood without excessive industry jargon. The assessment is the foundation of the corrective exercise program, and the program is only as effective as the assessment.
Gliding and Movement
The second step of the corrective exercise process involves tissue work, whereby muscles and surrounding soft tissue that may be stuck or adhered together are given a chance to break free and move more freely. This process can be done with tools such as a foam roller or a massage ball, or through manual work such as sports massage.
Stretch and Restore
The third step involves stretching, where overly restricted muscles that may be shortened are stretched out and elongated to their original length. This helps to restore the range of motion and mobility.
Strengthen and Retrain
The fourth step requires strength training and movement retraining to ensure that muscles work together to support the various joints in our bodies for optimal posture. Optimal and neutral posture is where the body functions in a most relaxed position, thus translating into less lifestyle-related muscle fatigue and pain.
Throughout the corrective exercise program, the client will be given homework as a means to continue the training and exercises done in the gym, at home, for faster and lasting results.
The Biomechanics Method
At Fitness Academy Asia, we are biased towards the methodologies adopted by the Biomechanics Method Corrective Exercise program. This widely used method has been proven to deliver results that correct the most common postural deviations found in the general public, such as overpronated feet, knee valgus, excessive lumbar lordosis, kyphosis, and rounded shoulders, as well as forward neck posture. To find out more about its approach and methodologies, please visit our website and speak with one of our corrective exercise specialists or find out more about our 30-hour Live Workshop.
In conclusion, a movement is a powerful tool that can help our clients feel better and experience less pain. With the right approach, such as the Corrective Exercise program, we can help our clients improve their posture, mobility, and overall health.