Corrective Exercise Training Explained

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Corrective Exercise.

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A few years ago I hurt my shoulder badly. Read all about it here.  I ended up having surgery and needed physical therapy.  After all was said and done I was left with a limited range of motion.


The end right? Nope. I became a personal trainer and started treating my shoulder. I recovered my range of motion! 


Afterward, I decided I wanted to help people get moving again. So, I got my certification in corrective exercise.


People always ask, “Is that like physical therapy?” No, not really.  I usually say “Think of me as tech support. I rewire your muscles so they can function correctly.”


What is corrective exercise?

Do you ever have to quit halfway through your workout because you start hurting?  Or do you notice that when you do some regular day to day movement at home it comes with pain? 


What you have is a case of muscle imbalances and dysfunctions that keeps you from moving pain-free.  Corrective exercise fixes this.

What is the difference between corrective exercise and general Exercise?

Basically, personal training helps you get into better physical shape. Corrective exercise helps you correct muscle imbalances to improve performance.


It also helps you get to your fitness goals. But instead of jumping straight to it, we start with movement and posture. 


Who benefits from corrective exercise?

These exercises are important for athletes and the general population. If you have any issues with your body that prevent you from moving pain-free, this is for you.

How does it work?

We assess and correct movement dysfunctions you may have.  We make you a personalized program. Then we get you back to the highest level of pain-free performance. 


For athletes and sportspeople, we help you improve performance beyond what you thought possible. 


This is done with a series of exercises usually focusing on balance and core work.  This is the fun part!

Why use corrective exercise?

I like to use the example of cars. If your wheels are not aligned you don't want to go on a cross-country road trip before fixing the alignment. 


A lot of people are trying to have a healthier lifestyle by exercising. That's great and everything but after a few workouts they end up injured. Or they can't move for a while. 


Instead of addressing the issue, they go to a massage therapist or a chiropractor. Those two are excellent ways to get relief but there is something missing. 


It's always a good idea to add corrective exercise on top of therapy.  This helps address dysfunctions and prevent future pain.



You should be able to exercise pain-free and with good technique. If you do have pain, corrective exercise helps you increase functional capacity.

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Online personal trainer and personal trainer for Austin TX - Rafael Ortiz

Rafael Ortiz

Corrective Exercise Specialist

Rafael has been in the health and fitness industry since 2006.  He is certified by the NASM & insured.

Areas of Expertise

Joint Pain Relief, Post-Rehab Personal Training, Posture Correction, Weight Loss, Nutrition, Strength Training, Core and Balance, Flexibility and Mobility, Muscle Gain, Posture, TRX, Functional Training, Myofascial Release, Cardiovascular Conditioning, Injury Prevention, Stress Reduction, Corrective Exercise, Golf

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