Ever had an annoying pain in your hip (knee, neck or back) that wouldn’t go away? Chances are you shouldn’t just ignore it. “Muscle imbalances or weaknesses are never the result of one thing alone – they’re due to a perfect storm of several variables,” says corrective exercise specialist Elizabeth Pongo, owner of Pongo Power in Brooklyn, New York.
You may think you know what’s wrong, but the ache or pain could actually be happening because of a ripple effect of issues throughout your body. Enter the concept of prehabilitation. Prehab helps you identify and address seemingly minor asymmetries before they become major, and boosts your performance in the process. Here, how to spot and correct some of the most common imbalances.