We take our vehicle for routine maintenance to make sure it’s running optimally, yet most do not do the same for their body!
Like our vehicles, the body needs routine tune-ups to move and perform optimally. Our lifestyle habits, daily activities, and even genetic predispositions can create imbalances in the body. Over time this can lead to dysfunctional movement patterns, compensations, and eventually injury. The bio-mechanics of the body work as a kinetic chain- If one link in the chain is dysfunctional it affects the alignment and optimal movement pattern throughout the entire chain which has compounding negative effects. Corrective exercise helps align the links in the kinetic chain for optimal movement which alleviates many common chronic joint and muscular issues that cause pain, leading to overall better performance.
Some common dysfunctional movement patterns include:
- Pronation Distortion Syndrome (feet excessively turn out)
- Valgus Knee (knees turn/bow in when squatting down)
- Quad Dominance/Glute Amnesia Syndrome (glute muscles inactive causing knees to push forward when squatting down)
- Posterior or Anterior Pelvic Tilt (hips excessively rotate forward/backward leads to low back pain)
- Forward Head Syndrome/Rounded Shoulders (head and shoulders excessively in a forward position)
- Shoulder Impingement (sharp pain in shoulder joint when pulling up or raising arms overhead)
- IT Band Syndrome (chronic pain along outer side of thigh/knee)
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, you likely have an underlying issue that is the culprit. Many people require some form of corrective exercise in their weekly or daily program, which can include stretching, foam rolling, and inhibiting/activating or strengthening musculature.
Exercise programs should always start with corrective exercise followed by a progressive conditioning program to ensure safe progression. A movement and mobility assessment is always done for every individual with an appropriate conditioning program to follow.