The term corrective exercise broadly refers to movements designed to target a problem seen in a person’s physical movement. In our lives, either through our day-to-day work, unbalanced exercise selection in the weight room, lopsided sports activity like golf, tennis or softball, or just plain sitting around too much, muscle groups work at diminished capacity, letting others take over the tasks.
Often, the wrong muscles doing the majority of the work or one side of the body working better than the other will cause a cascade of problems such as back and neck pain. Sometimes the problems have gone on long enough they can’t be fixed without surgery, or can’t be fixed at all, but more often than not, attention on corrective exercise can reverse potential pain, and with surprisingly little effort.
Yet, we all know people who take the idea too far. Sometimes it’s in excessive rehab-type movements, where nothing but the correctives get done. Other times it might be personal trainers or strength coaches stepping a little over the line and into the medical realm.