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What is Corrective Exercise?

Corrective Exercise, otherwise referred to as CE, is defined by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as, “a term used to describe the process of identifying a neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, developing a plan of action, and implementing an integrated corrective strategy.”

How is CE different from physical therapy?

CE is NOT physical therapy.

Physical therapy, or PT, is defined as, “therapy for the preservation, enhancement, or restoration of movement and physical function impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability that utilizes therapeutic exercise, physical modalities (such as massage and electrotherapy), assistive devices, and patient education and training.” It’s primarily carried out by a medical practitioner, in a specialized medical setting, and is often characterized by the practice of asking the individual to perform localized (muscle or body part-specific) movements, with minimal resistance to avoid overstressing the muscle.

For example, if someone needs help with a rotator cuff, the mobility drills found in a standard physical therapy practice are a fantastic place to begin. Yet in order to reconnect neurologically to the affected body part, and re-incorporate it as a shoulder that actually makes sense— able to raise a fork and throw a ball, for instance— individuals need exercises that effectively cement the lesson into the muscle.

That’s where CE comes in.

Corrective exercise allows the individual to build an injury back into health by making it part of an effective, strong body.

If we go back to the rotator example, CE takes the focus from the shoulder alone, to the shoulder in relationship to the hips, spine, and everything else affected along the kinetic chain. It encourages the individual to realize themselves as a whole, and thereby grow through the musculoskeletal, as well as neurological imbalances.

WLF’s corrective exercise program goes beyond the physical by asking questions about the individual’s history, physiology, and lifestyle into relevant, achievable goals that fit both your dreams and your body’s requirements.

Many clients are experiencing success with WLF’s holistic approach to the body’s continually evolving needs. Check out their stories, and start your own today by scheduling a free consultation with any session purchase.


Natasha Nesic
is a specialist in Corrective Exercise, Women's Fitness, Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning, and Personal Training, all certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. From her eclectic background in dance, weightlifting, and martial arts, she dedicates her practice to helping individuals develop a better understanding of their anatomy through body awareness drills and fun-but-functional exercise.


Languages: Fluent in English, French and Serbian; basic Spanish.

Certifications: Adult CPR/AED Certified
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Certified Women’s Fitness Specialist
NASM Certified Mixed Martial Arts Conditioning Specialist
Trigger Point Performance Therapy™ Certified
Animal Flow™ Certified Instructor

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