What Are Corrective Exercises Designed For?

We all lead a healthy lifestyle that causes us to overlook a healthy lifestyle. From job demands to family demands and leading a social life, physical exercise can become the last thing on the list. People can experience muscular imbalances, motor control deficits, lower back pain, hip or knee injuries, as well as several other conditions due to a lack of physical exercise. Therefore, corrective exercises were created so individuals can incorporate them into their exercise placeand improve their mobility. 

What Is Corrective Exercise?

Corrective exercises are a practice that uses knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, and kinesiology to manage and correct movement imbalances. Corrective exercises can enhance your overall movement during your exercise routine or in everyday life. Corrective exercises can also be used to help evaluate and find the specific cause of the imbalances and incorrect movement habits that can lead to problems with balance, coordination, and posture. 

Benefits Of Corrective Exercises

Stimulates improved blood flow and circulation, leading to decreased swelling and pain
as well as encouraging tissue healing. 

  • Boosts your sense of overall well-being. 
  • Corrects incorrect posture by supporting neuromuscular control and movement habits and eliminates ailments associated with bad posture. 
  • Builds your strength, endurance, and flexibility by supporting vital muscles in your body. 
  • Encourages faster healing by helping the body heal quicker and strengthening the body, decreasing the chances of more injuries happening in the future.  

How Do Corrective Exercises Help Improve Recovery Time?

If you were in automobile accident or were injured on the job, corrective exercises may be able to accelerate the recovery time. Corrective exercises administered by the chiropractor combined with the increased cardiovascular activity stimulate healing in the body.  As the healing occurs internally, the pain will decrease, causing the patient to feel better faster than if they had not utilized corrective exercises. 

What Are The Most Common Corrective Exercises?

The most common corrective exercises include: 

  • Taking steps backward in conjunction with raising the arms to increase flexibility and mobility.
  • The tennis ball on the upper back method to treat back roundness associated with thoracic kyphosis.
  • Lying rotations to treat frail shoulder joints.
  • Calf stretches with a lance trainer to boost coordination.
  • Lunging and knee peels restore the gluteus maximus to produce less pain while walking. 
  • Golf ball roll to treat foot problems such as overpronation associated with plantar fasciitis. 
  • Stimulating gluteal muscles that are barely used by placing baseballs on the gluteal complex.
  • Foam roller on the quadriceps for the rectus femoris, leg muscles, and hips. 
  • Hip flexor stretches to promote less pain in the lumbar spine. 
  • Foam roller iliotibial bands for the gluteus maximus and lower leg muscles. 

What Type Of Corrective Exercises Should I Do?

Which corrective exercise you should do depends on your assessment performed by Dr. Muscari as well as your goals. After completing your assessment, Dr. Muscari will develop a specialized corrective action plan customized specifically for you. This plan could include one or several of the exercises mentioned above o as well as diaphragmatic breathing or strengthening exercises.  The corrective exercises will challenge your movement, flexibility, and motor skills as your condition improves. Ideally, starting out slow and increasing the number of corrective exercises you perform is best. 

How Often Should You Do Corrective Exercises?

During your assessment, the doctor will tell you how often you should use corrective exercises. Each case is different, but in general, you should perform corrective exercises pre-workout, during a workout, and post-workout. In addition to this, it is best to perform corrective exercises more than once a week.

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