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Corrective exercise is a training principle comprised of a designated series of recovery processes used to help in the enhancement of idealised posture, increased mobility, increased functional movement and injury prevention, which is generally neglected by the majority of active individuals as a primary or secondary goal and training method.

These processes are delivered by a corrective exercise specialist who uses a strict 4-stage process along with a variety of specialised equipment to achieve active recovery.

The 4-stage process comprises of the following;

  1. Inhibit: The reduction or release of overactive or tight muscles through specific self-myofascial release massage exercises.

  2. Lengthen: The lengthening of overactive or tight muscles through specific proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), static and dynamic stretching.

  3. Activate: The 'waking up' and strengthening of underused or weakened muscles through specific isolated functional strengthening exercises. 

  4. Integrate: Combining the use of underactive or weakened muscles and overactive or tight muscles together through specific dynamic functional strengthening exercises.

Whereas other recovery professionals such as physiotherapists and chiropractors utilise a hands-on approach to skeletal and muscular recovery, a corrective exercise specialist uses a hands-off approach to muscular recovery and postural alignment allowing the client to feel first hand what is taking place and provides them with not just the knowledge, but the understanding of how their body should be moving and feeling.

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