I spoke a short while ago about corrective exercise and how, when done appropriately with the right level of commitment from both trainer and client, can make a big difference to peoples' health and fitness. Today I want to show you a little example.
This picture below shows one of my long standing clients towards the beginning of his journey. This gentleman came to me with lower back and knee pain that was effecting his day to day life. Now don't get me wrong, we weren't talking life or death, but enough to have an impact and make life a little more difficult. What I'm trying to illustrate in the picture is the limit of flexibility of the legs, specifically hip flexors, IT bands and quads. Take note of the angle achieved at the knee and the fact his bottom is quite a bit higher than his knees. This is a typical sign of tightness and stiffness in the legs, and even lower back.
So, with a few other tests we were able to work out which specific areas were tight, weak, strong or lose. Then, using knowledge of functional anatomy, you can work out which areas to tackle in order to correct the problems that have been causing the pain. Then it's up to the client to have good commitment to the program and exercises. Good commitment isn't coming to a session once a week and doing nothing between. Good commitment is coming to 3 sessions a week and staying active around the sessions. Good commitment is completing exercises set between sessions. Good commitment is allowing the exercises to work their magic behind the scenes without immediate results - if it's taken decades to get bad don't expect a fix in a week!
Good commitment is exactly what this gentleman has and that's why when you look at the picture below there's a huge difference in depth achieved in this wall squat. His bottom is able to come below his knees (with heels on the floor) and he can power up from this position. Getting to this depth beforehand would've been impossible without multiple 'pings' and twinges from all sorts of areas, and impossible without causing damage.
Ultimately the picture below is just an example of the increase in flexibility and joint strength. The move in the pictures might not look particularly useful but it's used very often in our day to day lives. Getting in and out of chairs and cars, walking and moving around all require your legs to bend and straighten and control your shifting body weight.
Increased flexibility, increased strength, increased stability, increased confidence and decreased pain are the main benefits of this round of corrective exercise. Translate this into the real world and life has become easier, and we haven't just halted the ages and pains that plague is as our bodies age, but we've reversed them to some considerable degree.
Do you have joint pain? Have you resigned yourself to live with it forever, just putting up with it? Well hopefully this story gives you a little confidence that something can be done to help (in 99% of cases). Even if other health and fitness professionals haven't been able to help, surely it must be worth trying again to get rid of the pain that plagues you daily? Get in touch!