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What is Corrective Exercise

As a corrective exercise specialist, I analyze the clients movements and through my acquired skillset derive insightful information from their movement patterns. ​ Corrective exercise is not intended to burn fat or tone muscle. The GOAL of CE is to restore the functional capacity and eradicate discomfort in any movement pattern, allowing the Body to eventually train with a level of intensity that's necessary to achieve desired fitness goals. ​ During a CE session, you can expect to have a Functional Movement Analysis performed.  In an FMA we will be focusing on stability, ROM, and ease of movement. Any types of restrictions or discrepancies in the movement are analyzed and then the appropriate exercises are prescribed to correct compensations in the body.  3 main components that can limit movement are strength, mobility, and motor control. Corrective Exercise can help all 3.

To understand how corrective exercises work you may need a brief lesson on how the way the body works. ​ 98% of the body is composed of one of six elements: ​ oxygen carbon hydrogen nitrogen calcium phosphorus ​ These are the basic elements or chemicals that make up the cells, tissues, and organs in the Human Body. ​ The Hierarch Structure of the body looks something like this:  chemicals >> cells >> tissues >> organs >> systems >> organisms The Human body has 11 Major Body Systems that include: circulatory, digestive, endocrine, integumentary, immune, skeletal, muscular, nervous, urinary, reproductive, and respiratory. But, for now, let's focus on the importance of the Nervous System and its effects on the skeletal muscular system. ​ Our bodies are like giant, mobile, computers that run on bioenergy that is produced by the things which we consume. The Nervous system is responsible for both voluntary and involuntary actions. Its functions are sensory, input, integration, control of muscles & glands, and mental activity. It is the information SUPER HIGHWAY between the Brain and the rest of the Body through the spinal cord and nerves.  A pretty important system!

The Computer Body
HARDWARE:   Muscle, Bones, Organs, Connective Tissue
SOFTWARE:    Brain, Spinal Cord, Nerves
Body as a vehicle:  
Skeletal structure  = chassis
muscles = engine produces torque at the joints to rotate
Brain/ computer = sensors within muscles and joints
give back feedback to the computer.

Software controls the hardware to initiate the movement, control it, and in the right circumstances and with proper coaching improve it. ​ ​ The motor neuron, a type of nerve that carries information from the spinal cord to innervate muscles, carries the signal to the muscle to move. Lower motor neurons are the components that directly activate the skeletal muscle. Sensory feedback from the muscle is then sent to the brain structure called the Cerebellum. A complicated series of events follows through the neuromuscular junction and a program is developed through the Cerebellum, the primary influence of motor learning. Motor learning is a process that creates a motor program, or a blueprint, of movement that the nervous system can automatically activate. It cannot send a direct signal to the muscles without the Nervous system.  ​

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