CORRECTIVE MOVEMENT with Mel Martell
What is required to be successful with a Corrective Movement strategy? COMMITMENT.
Corrective Movement has a lot to do with re-mapping our motor learning pathways. This takes time and is not something that happens overnight (or even within a couple of weeks). Typically, it takes a couple of months and sometimes up to a year of work.
Why does it take this long?
Well, the answer is as simple as it is complex.
Often, incorrect movement patterns develop after trauma (an injury). Take a moment and imagine you have just had a serious knee injury. Instantly, you start making compensations to protect your injured knee. You may avoid putting as much weight on the injured leg (limping) and start performing basic tasks differently (walking down stairs differently, sitting down/standing up differently).
These ‘new’ ways of performing these tasks create new motor pathways and once these pathways are created, we perform them without thinking about it, they become natural and instinctive. This makes it very challenging to break or “re-map” these actions.
Unfortunately, with the creation of these new patterns many negative ‘side-effects’ can also occur. Let’s break it down:
A knee injury occurs.
Compensations begin immediately to try and protect the injury (limping for example).
Scar tissue develops. Muscles change, often becoming weaker in the place of injury.
These muscle weaknesses create more compensations which can travel to other parts of our bodies; hips/pelvis, ankles/feet.
This means that an injury to one area of our body, often leads to more “issues in our tissues” in other areas of our body. It’s imperative that these compensations are corrected as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary additional problems.
So, when we are trying to correct these ‘new’ incorrect movement patterns, we are fighting against these instinctive patterns we’ve created in our brain. Often, it can feel like you are learning something brand new, even though it’s something you feel like you already know how to do.
What is a Corrective Movement Specialist?
A Corrective Movement Specialist works to improve or restore a client’s functional, pain-free movement to enrich their life (or sport). They seek to identify the complex factors associated with poor movement patterns and correct them using the simplest methods possible.
Can Corrective Movement help you?
There are two basic functions we need to be able to do well in order to live life; squatting (sitting down/standing up) and reaching overhead. We sit down/stand up, and lift (or take down) things from above countless times throughout the run of a day. Just think:
(Before you commit, you are entitled to a 30 minute Free Consultation)
8 week commitment / 50 minute sessions
2x per week (16 sessions)
12 week commitment / 50 minute sessions
2x per week (24 sessions)
After completion of your first 8-12 week commitment and still require additional sessions, you qualify for more pricing options (quantity as well as price).
4 sessions / $45 ($180)
8 sessions / $40 ($320)
12 sessions / $35 ($420)