Squatting is both a good indicator of where you have Faulty Movement Patterns and a good corrective exercise.
The following list shows activities of daily living which involve a squat – it isn’t just for weightlifters!
- Every time you sit down, you squat!
- Getting up from a chair is a reverse squat
- Picking something up from the floor involves a squat
- Going up and down stairs is a version of a squat
- Picking up shopping
- Lifting children or grandchildren
- House work
- Feet pronating (rolling inwards)
- Feet turning out too much
- Knees coming together
- Knees coming forwards over the feet too far
- Hips dropping down on one side
- Hips rotating to one side
- Low back dipping in too far (hyperlordosis)
- Chin poking forwards
- Shoulders rounding
Squat as far as you can comfortably and either watch how you do so in front of a mirror or ask someone to take a photo of you – from the front, side and back. What do you see? If any of the above are happening, with or without pain, you are likely to develop pain in the future or if you have pain now, you need to be shown how to squat correctly.
Call us at the Avenue Clinic to discuss any squatting issues you have ….
Or if you have any questions – let us know in the comments section below.