RATIONALE FOR FUNCTION FIRST, CORRECTIVE EXERCISE
Personalized Programs To Eliminate Your Pain
The path to pain is rarely a straight and narrow course.
When most people seek out treatment for chronic pain, they often look at the immediate “source” of their pain; the knee, the back, or whatever is hurting. That one site of pain is the focus of their treatment, and nothing else is really looked at.
How can someone treat your knee without ever having you stand up, walk, squat or go down stairs? How come everyone gives you the same back exercise handout from 1970?
What most people don’t realize, however, is that pain very often is the result of stress from a completely different source.
In many cases, the pain you’re experiencing now is often the result of a series of small events that, when looked at as a whole, leads to the real reason you’re experiencing pain. Muscle imbalance and movement issues are often the root cause of chronic pain AND the reason you can’t seem to move past the pain.
I Attack The Root Cause Of Your Pain So I Can Eliminate It
I do not attempt to “treat” symptoms. I practice a technique called Corrective Exercise. Corrective Exercises are exercises that are designed to make positive changes in the way you move and focus on the underlying cause of your pain, not just on ways to mask or reduce your pain. Because eliminating the cause is the best way to eliminate the pain.
Benefits of Corrective Exercise
What is Corrective Exercise?
Corrective Exercise is a form of exercise that brings the body back into a perfect postural position. The body is designed to perform at its optimum level when it is in a position of good posture. Unfortunately over time I tend to pick up all of these bad habits of slouching, leaning or even sitting at our desks at work in these really strange positions.
Over time, you will gradually start to assume that position in everyday things that you do. This means that the body will tighten in certain areas and loosen in other areas. Muscles will become weaker and some may not even work at all.
For example, your left hip might not be painful. But because it is not working properly, you develop a rotator cuff problem in your right shoulder. Or your tight calf and restricted motion in your ankle is causing your lower back pain. Compromised movements in one part of your body will lead to symptoms developing in another part of your body.
Corrective Exercise is designed to undo all of these imbalances and compensations and guide the body to work in harmony and without pain.
Through Corrective Exercise you will be loosening the muscles that have become tight, and activating the muscles that have become lazy. Basically you will be working towards reeducating your body to move as it was designed so that it can function at its' optimum level.
These exercises improve your body’s biomechanics and remove the negative stresses from your body. It’s these negative stresses that accumulate causing pain and affecting your ability to move normally.
Through Corrective Exercises I reintroduce proper function to your body, which in turn restores correct structure. When your body stops compensating for imbalances you are able to move freely and your pain disappears.
I combine the scientific principles of biomechanics, physics, motor control and human physiology to correct the cumulative stress on your body. Even very small structural changes, if they occur over time, alter your muscles and joints ability to perform properly. This is because no muscle works alone; each is connected to another part of the body.
Why Is Corrective Exercise So Different?
Corrective Exercise focuses on the foundations of optimum posture, quality movement, and core co-ordination and function. It serves two major purposes:
Corrective Exercise is based on the simple fact that each muscle is connected to another and our nervous system communicates between all muscles and joints. By reintroducing proper structure in the body, structure can improve and you can move freely and with less pain as time goes by.
Corrective Exercise is an essential tool for people of all abilities and ages. With the right Corrective Exercise program for you, the flaws in any technique can be overcome. From something as advanced as sprinting or as repetitive as working on your computer-Corrective Exercise is the answer. Poor technique in any kind of movement sets the stage for injury, and ill health. For the athlete or active person, Corrective Exercise can improve performance and efficiency, reduce the chances of injury, and allow the body to rehabilitate optimally from injury.
Time and Time Again, My Clients Tell Me Our Approach Works, When All Others Have Failed
Here’s how I can help you.
I offer a variety of personalized Corrective Exercise programs. The process begins with a thorough health history review and a discussion of your goals. This is followed by a series of functional assessments to evaluate your body from all the necessary perspectives. Then, I will select unique Corrective Exercises to help restore your body’s muscular balance and proper function. You are taken through the program during your visit to ensure our objectives are met and you have a successful experience.
Every person I see is unique and special. Therefore, one therapy session is typically not enough interaction for us to effectively predict the response your body will have to the exercises, or to determine how many visits you will require. Your body did not evolve (or dissolve!) to where it is today in one week, so it is safe to say it will take some time to reverse your situation. I can help you find the most effective way to give your body the movement “nutrition” it needs so you can once again move freely and without pain.