What is Corrective Exercise?

Corrective exercise by definition, is any exercise planned and performed to attain a specific physical benefit, such as improving range of motion, stabilizing unstable joints, strengthening weak muscles around the joints, and becoming more powerful during your activities and improving cardiovascular and respiratory function.

Every exercise program should include a variation of these components for injury prevention and/or injury recovery.

Our 21st century lifestyles significantly contribute to postural distortions. These postural distortions contribute to back, neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle joint pain.

Lifestyle factors that contribute to poor posture include:

  • Phones
  • Computer Screens
  • Excessive Sitting
  • Not moving enough

All of these factors are incredibly common for those who work at a desk all day.

At Birmingham Ultimate Fitness, we utilize scientifically designed, corrective exercise programs to help our clients eliminate pain, gain mobility, stabilize joints, improve strength, and become more powerful in your daily life.

When you understand that the body is an interconnected system of systems, you begin to understand how one seemingly unconnected thing could be driving your pain and postural issues.

Did you know that difficulty breathing through your nose can alter your posture?

Or how about dehydration causing joint pains?

What if the root cause of your hip or knee pain was actually caused by an issue in the neck?

These are all very common causes of chronic pain conditions.

Corrective Exercise For A Variety of Situations

To make it relatable, let’s use the example of a person that tore their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament).  Most likely, this person will see a handful of doctors, ranging from orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and on occasion, a chiropractor, all whom will provide different instructions for recovery.

The ultimate goal from all of these medical professionals is to help the patient restore and build strength back into the knee in order to resume a healthy and active lifestyle.

The smart patient continues to perform the corrective exercises provided by the PT, often supplementing another exercise program.

On the other hand, the ignorant patient typically gets released from therapy and continues onto everyday life, without any intention of continuing corrective exercises.

Thereafter, that patient may start an exercise routine, not knowing how tight the surrounding muscles of the newly repaired ACL.

This can result in a highly likelihood in re-injuring the same area from completing a basic exercise like a squat or an everyday attempt of getting off the couch.  This is how functional movement, like a squat, can be deemed as “dangerous” for the knees.

At Birmingham Ultimate Fitness, we’re here to educate on how to maintain proper, and safe form so that the continuation of your exercise program will help you heal and grow.



Everybody is a little bit different, so fill out the form to the right to schedule your FREE Corrective Exercise assessment/session/consultation to correct your posture and pain issues faster than you thought possible.