Squatting is one of the most basic and primitive movements of the human body. Some people argue that the human body is designed to walk. I would agree with that statement but I would also state that you need to include squatting in that category. If you look at babies, they all automatically figure out how to squat. There are few movements that the human body can do that engages multiple muscle groups better than the squat. Therefore, if you can't do the squat, you got some problems. If you were to come into my office today and I asked you to squat alone, I could get some good information to figure out your movement disorders.
If you can't squat, what that tells me is that you have:
1. Limited hip mobility
2. Limited knee mobility
3. Limited ankle mobility
4. You never do that functional motion
5. Poor motor control patterns.
Some of you might say that you can do a deep squat but you have to warm-up or stretch first. To me, that doesn't count. You can't depend on increased blood flow to have healthy mobility. The fact that you can do a deep squat at any given time is a much better of true mobility/flexibility.
If can't do a full depth squat, I think you are setting yourself up for generalized arthritis in the legs, low back pain, bursitis, patellar tendonitis, plantar fasciitis just to name a few. If you can't do a full depth squat, activities like Brazilian Jiu-Jitus, Crossfit, Powerlifting, and yardwork are automatically a little harder for you.
If attaining a full depth squat is important to you, then contact Movement IQ Physical Therapy. We are available for evaluations and treatments to reach your goals and get back to living life. Our location is inside of Crossfit Structured, near Downtown Fullerton. You can schedule your first appointment at www.movementiqpt.com/scheduling. For generalized info, go to you www.movementiqpt.com.