Thursday, 1 May 2014

Short Squat

This month we have another squat for you - the last one in our series of squats. This squat is designed specifically to target a small muscle in the quadriceps (front of thigh) called the Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO). 

This muscle plays an important role in keeping the kneecap stable when you move, especially when; 
  • walking up stairs
  • rising from sitting
  • jumping
  • cycling 
  • skiing

This squat is performed with a soft ball between the knees which you gently squeeze to activate the muscle as you bend the knees.

The technique and form of the exercise is similar to the standard squat (see previous blog post) but you only want to bend down to a maximum of 45 degrees so as to only activate the specific muscle. 

If you are suffering from knee pain and would like to see how we may be able to help you, please do contact us for more information or to book a free consultation.

Hazel is a Chiropractor at The Octagon Clinic

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