What is Corrective Exercise?

As defined by NASM, “Corrective Exercise is a technique that leverages an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics to address and fix movement compensations and imbalances to improve the overall quality of movement during workouts and in everyday life.”

A Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) is trained to analyze movement patterns for muscle imbalances from overactive or underactive muscles and from compensations. Based on assessment, the CES can provide programming to optimize functional movement patterns and restore balance.

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Our Chiropractors and several of our Massage Therapists are certified as Corrective Exercise Specialists, allowing us to provide more complete care. This added training, combined with studies in kinesiology and orthopedic assessment, allows us to consider a more complete picture when assessing your body and designing a care plan to address your goals and needs. With one team of practitioners, you can address soft-tissue dysfunction, joint function, muscular imbalance, and biomechanics.

Whether you are looking to prevent low back pain while running, enhance muscle engagement when lifting, increase speed while swimming, or improve your breathing and stamina in soccer, we are here to serve as your body care “pit crew” to support your athletic & movement goals.

"Incredibly knowledgeable professionals. They've gotten me back on track after I had significant back issues via massage, adjustments, and corrective exercises. Highly recommend!"

Benefits of Corrective Exercise

  • Improves Flexibility
  • Improves Muscle Activation
  • Increases Joint Stability
  • Develops Neuromuscular Efficiency (coordination)
  • Refines Proprioception (awareness of where the body is in space)
  • Corrects Muscle Imbalance
  • Improves Movement Patterns
  • Reduces Risk of Injury
  • Prepares the Body for Optimal Performance
  • Develops At-Home Skills to Maintain the Body for Higher Intensity Exercise

Corrective Exercise for Every Athlete

New Athletes & Weekend Warriors

Did you just start running? Maybe you’ve recently built a small home gym. This is a very important time to get movement patterns assessed to ensure you have the foundations for healthy movement and preventing disruptive injuries. Let us support your new goals & healthy habits!

Everyday Athletes

You are already in the gym or practicing your sport 3-5 times a week. Things have been going well, so why get checked? Even short disruptions to training, prolonged sitting during travel, or periods of high stress can disrupt movement patterns in ways that typically go unnoticed and increase the likelihood of injury over time.

High Performance & Pro Athletes

You put so much into performing your best when training and even at home. But if you’ve never taken the opportunity to improve your movement on a biomechanical level, you may be leaving some performance opportunities untouched. We help our professional & elite athletes improve stamina & accuracy, and recover better.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a Corrective Exercise Specialist the same as a Physical Therapist?
No. Physical Therapists utilize corrective lengthening and strengthening exercises as part of treatment. It is one of many tools in their tool kit. CESs and PTs differ greatly in the populations they treat. PTs are able to provide rehabilitative work for more severe injuries and chronic issues. A CES is limited to working on an otherwise healthy population. Our work as Corrective Exercise Specialists centers around optimization and prevention. If you would not be cleared by a doctor to work out or exercise, a LMT CES will be unable to provide corrective exercises. In some injury cases, it is still appropriate for a Doctor of Chiropractic to recommend Therapeutic Exercises. In cases of serious injury, we often supplement a patient’s Physical Therapy with massage and chiropractic focusing on directives outlined by the patient’s PT. Not all patients feel an injury is fully resolved during their time spent receiving Physical Therapy. If this is the case, we are typically able to help a patient continue making progress in their injury recovery & rehabilitation once they have been released from Physical Therapy, and at significantly lower cost than continuing seeing a cash practice PT.
Why is Corrective Exercise important?
NASM.com (National Academy of Sports Medicine) answers this question well when they say, “Movement is a reality of everyday life regardless of if you work in an office building or are a professional athlete. Corrective Exercise is imperative in identifying and addressing imbalances that cause posture, stability, and mobility issues.” NASM also notes that, “Studies show proper Corrective Exercise intervention can improve neuromuscular control, which can reduce risk of future injuries.”
How long will I need to perform Corrective Exercise?
It depends on the goal of the exercises. While there is no hard and fast rule, we typically find that exercises to reduce imbalance are performed short term unless the imbalance is chronic due to work or hobby demands. Corrective Exercises designed to support chronically unstable joints or maintain joint strength for a particular physical activity often become part of regular training. Many patients perform Corrective Exercises for a short time and then again, periodically, when addressing misfiring muscles.
Do I need a gym or equipment to do my exercises correctly?
Some movements require simple & inexpensive equipment such as bands, foam rollers, or lacrosse balls, but most exercises can be performed with only your body weight. Our Corrective Exercise Specialists are skilled in scaling movements to fit your needs.
Do I need to do it every day for it to work?
In short, no. We have found that even a few minutes of exercise once per week can make noticeable changes in performance after just a few weeks. That being said, these exercises work just like any other exercises – the more you can commit (especially early on), the more quickly you will create noticeable changes, helping to reduce pain symptoms, improve balance/strength, or increase athletic performance abilities.
If I do Corrective Exercise, can I stop getting other care?
Corrective Exercise programming is an at-home or self-care component to supporting your body and optimizing performance. In the most ideal world, Chiropractic & Massage care are meant to supplement frequent, quality self-care. Practicing self-care in conjunction with professional care ensures athletes can train & compete at their highest potential.
These exercises are easy and I’m never sore. Is it even working?
The purpose of Corrective Exercise is to retrain your nervous system to appropriately activate your muscles or restore muscular balance. When working to engage underactive muscles, the goal of the exercises is to lightly fatigue the muscles before moving on. This focus helps avoid any compensation from synergistic muscles that are not being targeted. When restoring muscular balance, it is common to fatigue only one side, despite working both sides equally.