What is ‘Corrective Exercise’ and how does it differ from Physiotherapy?
If you drove and accelerated a car with its wheels fitted incorrectly uneven wear, tear and damage would occur to the tyres and frame. The same applies to an inadequately conditioned, misaligned human body engaging in exercise and physical activity such as running, skiing, tennis and hiking. The body will compensate in trying to do these activities by altering its alignment and method of movement (movement dysfunctions). Over time this initiates and exacerbates pain, stress and injury. Even with isolative treatment, rest and a willingness to exercise, pain recurs if the underlying problems which caused it aren’t identified and rectified.
Corrective exercise is a non-medical/ medicinal nor surgical approach to addressing pain (neuro-muscular-skeletal) that someone feels in the body. If you saw a physiotherapist, osteopath or chiropractor, for example, shoulder, back, hip or knee pain, you may be given isolative treatment, exercises or stretches specific to the affected area. The body though is a whole unit, working collectively and concurrently. Other problematic issues elsewhere in the body have a chain reaction effect, leading to this pain. Such areas and discomfort felt will continue and benefit little from this isolative treatment.
As Level 4 Corrective Exercise Specialists, we’re trained to assess and treat the body holistically as a whole unit. Rather than treating in isolation the site where someone feels pain, we look at the bigger picture. We identify, rectify and prevent the root cause of why the symptom has initially occurred, often stemming from an overlooked problem/s elsewhere in the body. Back pain is a common example; caused by many other resolvable, preventable reasons irrespective of core abdominal strength (see our written article on the ‘Bodyrefine’s Approach’ page). At Bodyrefine, we rectify, restore and maintain posture, muscle balance, mobility, joint stability, muscle inflexibility and body mechanics. This allows the body to move freely and without pain, in exercise and general daily activity.
Our specialist, bespoke personal training, unique to Bodyrefine clients is preceded with a detailed assessment of the body. By doing so, we establish a safe, specific starting point for selective strength, flexibility exercises and sports massage to complement this; allowing your body to move and function properly in exercise, greatly lessening the risk of immediate or eventual injury. Using our significantly different, effective exercise-therapy approach, we’ll safely progress you onto the purposeful whole-body, integrative strength and flexibility exercise personally suited to your physical condition and exercise intentions.