The Corrective Exercise Continuum, as designed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, is a system of training that uses customized exercise strategies to help improve muscle imbalances and movement capabilities, and to help decrease the risk of injury. The Corrective Exercise Continuum prepares the individual for more traditional forms of exercise.
After a thorough integrated assessment, a customized corrective exercise program is designed based on the findings following the Corrective Exercise Continuum.
The Corrective Exercise Continuum includes four primary phases:
1. Inhibitory techniques to decrease overactivity of neuromyofascial tissue and prepare soft tissue for other corrective exercise techniques.
2. Lengthening techniques to elongate mechanically shortened muscle and connective tissue necessary to increase range of motion.
3. Activation techniques to re-educate underactive myofascial tissue.
4. Integration techniques to enhance the functional capacity of the human movement system.
These phases and this approach addresses appropriate forms of flexibility,increases strength and neuromuscular control, while training on different types of environments and in different planes of motion. All of the phases included in the model have been specifically designed to follow biomechanical, physiologic, and functional principles of the human movement system.