Should You Stop Squatting?

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Squatting is an essential part of life. Sitting down on a couch, getting out of a car, and rising from a chair all involve squatting. Ascending or descending a flight of stairs requires several shallow squats on each leg.

However, when people have hip or knee pain that occurs during or after activities that require squatting-- and their X-rays or MRIs don’t reveal problems that surgery can fix-- they are often told that they should stop squatting. This advice frustrates most people who enjoy being active.

I disagree with this advice.

Most people with hip or knee pain can squat without pain if the squat becomes easy enough.

Rather than eliminate squatting altogether, I determine how much of their body weight they can squat without pain during or afterwards. I use a Variable Incline Plane to measure their Squat Load Tolerance:

After I’ve identified a person’s Squat Load Tolerance, I can more accurately recommend what exercises and activities to temporarily avoid, and what specific exercises to perform. This helps me create a plan for clients to improve their Squat Load Tolerance, allowing them to return to activities they enjoy without hip or knee pain.

To determine if working with me is a good fit for you to improve your Squat Load Tolerance, schedule a Strategy Session by clicking here.

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