Personalized Programs To Eliminate Your Pain
The path to pain is rarely a straight and narrow course.
When most people seek out treatment for chronic pain, they often look at the immediate “source” of their pain; the knee, the back, or whatever is hurting. That one site of pain is the focus of their treatment, and nothing else is really looked at.
How can someone treat your knee without ever having you stand up, walk, squat or go down stairs? How come everyone gives you the same back exercise handout from 1970?
What most people don’t realize, however, is that pain very often is the result of stress from a completely different source.
In many cases, the pain you’re experiencing now is often the result of a series of small events that, when looked at as a whole, leads to the real reason you’re experiencing pain. Muscle imbalance and movement issues are often the root cause of chronic pain AND the reason you can’t seem to move past the pain.
At Function First, We Attack The Root Cause Of Your Pain So We Can Eliminate It
We do not attempt to “treat” symptoms. We practice a technique called Corrective Exercise. Corrective Exercises are exercises that are designed to make positive changes in the way you move and focus on the underlying cause of your pain, not just on ways to mask or reduce your pain. Because eliminating the cause is the best way to eliminate the pain. The Function First program focuses on correcting muscular imbalances that commonly lead to injury or are a result of compensation patterns. Our Corrective Exercise programs are specifically designed for each client to allow them to return to daily, workrelated, and sports activities in a safe and effective way.
Benefits of Corrective Exercise
- Pain Reduction - results can be immediate and profound. Although not immediately permanent, these results may be reproduced on a daily basis in the luxury of their own home
- Empowers you to take control over your pain without drugs, surgery or manipulation.
- Improves functional and athletic performance
- Helps reduce the risk of training and sports injuries
- Identifies physical imbalances and weaknesses
- Identifies the difference between movement quality and compensations
- Identifies cause-and-effect relationship to micro trauma
- Improves the activities of daily living
- Enhanced strength, flexibility and power
- Postural Improvement
- Stress Reduction
- Better Overall Sense of Well being
What is Corrective Exercise?
Corrective Exercise is a form of exercise that brings the body back into a perfect postural position. The body is designed to perform at its optimum level when it is in a position of good posture. Unfortunately over time we tend to pick up all of these bad habits of slouching, leaning or even sitting at our desks at work in these really strange positions.
Over time, you will gradually start to assume that position in everyday things that you do. This means that the body will tighten in certain areas and loosen in other areas. Muscles will become weaker and some may not even work at all.
For example, your left hip might not be painful. But because it is not working properly, you develop a rotator cuff problem in your right shoulder. Or your tight calf and restricted motion in your ankle is causing your lower back pain. Compromised movements in one part of your body will lead to symptoms developing in another part of your body.
Corrective Exercise is designed to undo all of these imbalances and compensations and guide the body to work in harmony and without pain. Corrective Exercise helps pinpoint the location of the pain and, with appropriate exercises, pain is lessened and eventually eliminated. Corrective exercise teaches the muscles and joints in the body to work together without pain, creating long-lasting physical ease that carries on throughout life
Through Corrective Exercise you will be loosening the muscles that have become tight, and activating the muscles that have become lazy. Basically you will be working towards reeducating your body to move as it was designed so that it can function at its' optimum level.
These exercises improve your body’s biomechanics and remove the negative stresses from your body. It’s these negative stresses that accumulate causing pain and affecting your ability to move normally.
Through Corrective Exercises we reintroduce proper function to your body, which in turn restores correct structure. When your body stops compensating for imbalances you are able to move freely and your pain disappears.
We combine the scientific principles of biomechanics, physics, motor control and human physiology to correct the cumulative stress on your body. Even very small structural changes, if they occur over time, alter your muscles and joints ability to perform properly. This is because no muscle works alone; each is connected to another part of the body.
Why Is Corrective Exercise So Different?
Corrective Exercise focuses on the foundations of optimum posture, quality movement, and core co-ordination and function. It serves two major purposes:
- A long lasting solution for anybody with injuries, aches, pains, or joint problems looking to resolve their condition
- The missing link for anyone needing exercise to improve, fitness, health, well-being or sporting performance.
Corrective Exercise is based on the simple fact that each muscle is connected to another and our nervous system communicates between all muscles and joints. By reintroducing proper structure in the body, structure can improve and you can move freely and with less pain as time goes by.
Corrective Exercise is an essential tool for people of all abilities and ages. With the right Corrective Exercise program for you, the flaws in any technique can be overcome. From something as advanced as sprinting or as repetitive as working on your computer-Corrective Exercise is the answer. Poor technique in any kind of movement sets the stage for injury, and ill health.
For the athlete or active person, Corrective Exercise can improve performance and efficiency, reduce the chances of injury, and allow the body to rehabilitate optimally from injury.
|"We all age, some more gracefully than others. It seems as though pain is our constant companion with our passing years. Function First: The Exercise Alternative for Pain Relief is a practical, safe and effective approach for anyone to take control of their pain. The tools provided in this book will help counteract years of misuse. This is a must book for those that want to keep control of their health, enhance their life and live actively."
Tom Campanaro, CEO/President EFI Sports Medicine and Total Gym
We Focus On Your Whole Body, Not Just The Injured Area … Because That’s What Works
Improving your body’s function will ensure that your body moves and functions the way it was designed to: efficiently and effortlessly, and with no undo stress on any one part. This will allow you to live a more productive and comfortable life.
And, because Corrective Exercise focuses on fixing the cause of your pain, instead of just addressing your symptoms, it works where many other remedies fail. So even if you’ve tried everything else, now is not the time to give up. Now is the time to try our simple, effective, exercise alternative to pain relief.
|"Anthony, I have read through your book, and in a word, I think it is excellent. You are homing in on an essential practice, principles and body of information that will help people live healthier balanced lives-period. I believe you are quite correct in that we can gain back a large measure of physical function if we apply the principles and practice you espouse. I believe you are breaking new ground and presenting ways to help us all lead healthier lives."
David Meggyesy, Western Director of the N.F.L. Players Association
Time and Time Again, Our Clients Tell Us Our Approach Works, When All Others Have Failed
Here’s how we can help you.
We offer a variety of personalized Corrective Exercise programs in our San Diego office.
The process begins with a thorough health history review and a discussion of your goals. This is followed by a series of functional assessments to evaluate your body from all the necessary perspectives. , Then, a Function First Corrective Exercise specialist will select unique Corrective Exercises to help restore your body’s muscular balance and proper function. You are taken through the program during your visit to ensure our objectives are met and you have a successful experience.
Every person we see is unique and special. Therefore, one therapy session is typically not enough interaction for us to effectively predict the response your body will have to the exercises, or to determine how many visits you will require.
Your body did not evolve (or dissolve!) to where it is today in one week, so it is safe to say it will take some time to reverse your situation.
Working with a Function First Corrective Exercise specialist is the most effective way to give your body the movement “nutrition” it needs so you can once again move freely and without pain.
I began the year with chronic back pain and disbelief at how this could negatively impact my entire life. Thanks to a wonderful referral to Function First, an analysis of the postural reasons for pain and injury and a continually changing series of exercises, I have not only been pain-free, but more flexible, quick, and strong than I have been in the last two decades.
Rebecca Ferrini M.D.
Are You Ready To Kiss Your Pain Goodbye?
Select from our 3 Corrective Exercise Programs Below
Click on the links below to learn more about working with one of our Corrective Exercise specialists to eliminate your pain. Or call us at 619-285-9218 so we can help you determine which program is right for you, or to schedule an appointment.
"Life for an NFL player mostly consists of a daily routine that combines performance enhancement training with pain management rehabilitation. My 11-year career in the NFL gave me access to some of the country's highest profile, cutting edge trainers and rehabilitation experts. But ironically, it took a career ending neck injury to knock me out of the NFL before I landed in Anthony Carey's clinic at Function First. It was there that I was exposed to the most comprehensive Corrective Exercises program I had ever experienced. Anthony's unique approach to promote the proper function of the whole body in order to support and heal the problematic area delivered the results that made me a lifetime believer. Because of all my injuries and surgeries over the years, I continue to utilize the Function First way to train and heal my body every day. I only wish I would have landed in Anthony's clinic earlier in my career."
Erik Kramer, Former N.F.L. Quarterback
“Years of triathlon training and countless international airline flights each take a toll on your body in their own unique way. The philosophy that Anthony Carey promotes and practices can erase years of misuse. The simple, structured exercises Anthony provides for me have personally made a big difference.”
Jeff Jacobs, President of Global Development for Qualcomm