Stop guessing and start assessing: The Squat

18 July 2019


We are excited to offer a full biomechanical screening assessment like no other!

Many daily movements require us to assume a squat position. The other alternate movement is the hip hinge. It is imperative to be able to perform a squat and hinge to our fullest potential if we want to keep injury risk low.

A common myth is that a full range squat is bad for your knees. In fact research suggests that full range squats are more protective of knee osteoarthritis.

The squat is a fundamental movement pattern that is inherently ingrained within our neurodevelopmental motor schema. In other words, by the time we reached 12 months of age, the fundamental movement pattern that emerged from a quadruped (4 point stability) and biped (2 point stability) position, is what is known as a squat. The transition towards a squat required a complex interplay between mobility and stability. Mobility and stability is governed by three hierarchies within the central nervous system:

  1. Reflex stabilization at the spinal cord level
  2. Brain stem (midline) control
  3. Higher cortical brain centres (voluntary, conscious action)

Various key areas that will be explored in our discussion during visual feedback, include but are not limited to:

  1. Biomechanical loads placed on the lower back, hip and knee and how to distribute the load from painful area to a non-painful area.
  2. Synchronizing different breath holds with different phases (ascent and descent) of the squat to offer a protective effect on low back pain
  3. How to train muscles in a three dimensional approach. We live in a 3 dimensional world! The squat appears 2D but so many parts are moving 3 dimensionally. We must embrace this concept!

Visual feedback is a process whereby we can view, analyze, discuss your performance and/or results. A full report is provided using advanced analysis software.

So, if you’re interested in minimizing injury risk at work, home or in a gym setting,  click here to make an appointment.

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