What is Corrective Exercise?

Corrective exercise by definition, is any exercise planned and performed to attain a specific physical benefit, such as maintaining of range of motion, strengthening weakened muscles, increasing joint flexibility or improving cardiovascular and respiratory function.

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

Corrective Exercise For A Variety of Situations

To make it relatable, let’s use the example of a person that tore their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).  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, inattentive of 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.