How We Apply Corrective Exercise and Training to Real Life

Our bodies are incredible machines that were designed for movement. Having the ability to adapt to our environments, perform, and recover from our everyday activities is an incredible gift we all share. The problem with today’s society is that we are constantly on the go, we have various distractions, and we often move mindlessly throughout the day. We don’t necessarily associate our everyday movements throughout the day to our corrective exercises or training. It is much easier to bend carelessly when picking an object up from the floor, or slump over to brush your teeth instead of using your core, hips and knees. These repetitive movements that we perform hundreds of times a day play an extremely important role on our neuromuscular system. Awareness of these daily movements are one of the most eye opening pieces of the puzzle for patients, and can make a drastic impact on their road to recovery. Luckily for me, I get to share my passion with patients and show them how we use movement as medicine daily! The Hinge and…

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Breathing

Breathing in my opinion is one of the most overlooked concepts in any athletic endeavor. I have played sports since I was 4 years old and I can’t remember one time where a coach taught me how to breathe or even brought any awareness to it at all. Breathing properly is vital to both performance and general health. In my short career thus far, I have coached various patients on how to breathe properly. More often than not, it is a completely new concept to them and interestingly enough,I have found that some patients even get light headed after teaching them how to breathe properly. Why is that? Oxygen. Proper breathing increases oxygen flow to the brain and muscle tissue, which in turn can increase mental clarity, focus and performance. It also increases lung elasticity which is crucial for optimal lung function and tissue health. Another major benefit of breathing properly is that it also calms down the nervous system, which in today’s society, is constantly in overdrive. Breathing activates a parasympathetic response, also known as…

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