Posts Tagged ‘neutral pelvis’

Corrective Exercise Static Squat for Posture

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

This is not your ordinary squat. This version of the squat has a greater focus on spinal stability than targeting the lower body. Although it does build isometric strength into the legs, it serves to facilitate activity and proprioception of the spinal erectors and paraspinals with the body vertical.

Don’t confuse this with the almighty weighted squat. The vertical shin position in this corrective squat has nothing to do with the wives tale of the knee not going over the toes. It has to do with the position of the pelvis and its relationship to spinal alignment.

Not only does this exercise facilitate a lot of muscular activity, but it can feel great on the lower back to many people as well.

More Neutral Pelvis for you

Monday, September 29th, 2008

A follow up to the last commentary on the “myth” of the neutral pelvis:

The Neutral Pelvis Myth Got Your Attention

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Wow! The video clip on the neutral pelvis generated more feedback to me personally then any other email I’ve ever sent. And not one of the emails disagreed with what I said.

I realize the video clip was short, so it certainly didn’t cover everything that could be covered on the neutral pelvis theory. In defense of the neutral pelvis concept, I would like to add that it can be used as both an evaluation tool and an exercise.

It is still a static event and it almost exclusively refers to pelvic rotation in the sagittal plane. But if we want someone to “find” a neutral pelvis that must mean that there pelvis is currently not neutral. Therefore, for them to move their pelvis into a neutral position they must have the appropriate lumbo-pelvic awareness. Moving into the neutral position will now give them a reference point from which to understand what their norm is.

Asking your client/athlete to find the neutral pelvis is in of itself a valuable learning tool. The ability to actually find this position by rotating from a previous position may be of more value than the neutral position itself. This is because even in a static position, the neutral pelvis or any static position is not meant to me held for extended periods of time. Could you imagine someone with a posterior rotation of their pelvis trying to actively hold a neutral pelvis for 15:00 while sitting at a desk? The work load of the spinal extensors would far exceed what this person was capable of. Without the contracting and relaxing of the spinal muscles from varying the positions, the tissue would become ischemic and metabolic byproducts would accumulate locally in the tissue resulting in noticeable discomfort for this person.

I’ll expand more about the artificial nature of holding a neutral pelvis during movement in my next video clip.

Keep the comments coming!

The “Myth” of the Neutral Pelvis

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

This short video clip helps debunk the myth of the neutral pelvis.