It is easy to see when talking with people in regards to Corrective Exercise for recovery or rehabilitation, people mostly assume that this profession focuses on those already in the stages of the injury cycle. Of course, this category of people can definitely receive the greatest benefit from re-establishing correct neuromuscular function along the kinetic chain of human movement. However, the foundation and principal that a Corrective Exercise Specialist builds upon, is the principal of Optimal Muscular Length-Tension Relationships. This principal is defined by a muscle having its greatest force output when it is at its optimal resting length allowing for the greatest overlap of connecting filaments. When we experience an injury, or maybe just an overuse of a specific muscle, creating soreness in a specific area, our muscles create something called “adhesions” which is basically the locking of a section of the muscle fiber, not allowing any force production. This principal alone is a great enough reason to understand why Corrective Exercise is not only for older people like me, or anyone who is recovering from an injury, but any person that is looking to have greater strength for any activity or daily life. An athlete, to a person who wants to do yard work. If muscles and movement are involved, having the ability to create the greatest amount of strength, for the longest period of time is something everyone can relate too.
Let’s look at an athlete for example. Here is someone typically at the peak of physical fitness, someone who is fast, strong, explosive or versatile. This athlete more than likely trains in some capacity most days of the week, and experiences muscle soreness on occasion. When our muscles are repairing for the next session, they typically create these muscle adhesion preventing further injury from occurring in that muscle fiber. When this happens, our body looks to alter our movement pattern to still create the same force output, whether its running or jumping, but is now forced to “recruit” other muscles that where not part of the original movement pattern, to “pick up the slack” of the muscles that are inactive and attempting to repair. What we have done, is not created the beginning of the cumulative injury cycle, since the muscles that have been called upon to pick up the slack, will now undergo stress they were not accustomed too. The cycle begins to repeat itself, until the day we experience a ankle sprain, Cruciate ligament tear, or muscle spasms that require rest and recovery.
A Corrective Exercise Specialist can help assess where the muscle adhesion’s are occurring, where the person is adjusting to an altered movement pattern, and how to begin to correct and achieve optimal neuromuscular efficiency of the Human Movement System. Once all muscles are performing in their intended role, it is the equivalent of having all the cylinders in the engine now firing, versus 1 or 2 that have been clogged and not creating power. Once all cylinders are functional, more force is allowed to be produced. You see, Corrective Exercise isn’t just for the old or injured. It’s for people looking to achieve optimal muscular performance for any activity.
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