Barry Bassin - Senior Fitness Personal Trainer
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
Almost everyone has some form of muscular imbalance or postural deviation, or both.
Muscle imbalances, such as being disproportionately weaker or stronger on one side of a joint than the opposing side, leads to uneven wear on the affected joint structures, which, in turn, leads to painful joint dysfunction.
Muscle imbalances may be caused by repetitive occupational activities, such as swinging a hammer or house painting, or by recreational and sports activities, such as swimming, racket or throwing sports, weightlifting, and more. Shoulders, hips, and knees are easily damaged by the cumulative effect of these kinds of repetitive activities, often leading to repair surgeries and joint replacements.
Postural deviations are more common now than ever before. Long periods of sitting, as well as altered postures during computer work and constant use of hand-held electronic devices, is taking its toll in the form of forward-head posture, rounded shoulders, and tight, restricted hip flexors, causing low-back pain.
The joint and postural irregularities mentioned are but a few of the many conditions that can be improved or resolved with corrective exercise, especially when your health care provider has not recommended surgery.