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Voice For Health – Do You Know Squat?

Dr. FreedmanWhether teenagers are interested in strengthening their bodies for sports or they simply want to look more buff, many perform “squat lifts” as part of their weight training regimens. Starting from a standing position with a weighted barbell on the shoulders or above the head, a squat lift involves bending the knees and hips to lower the torso and accompanying weight and then returning to the upright position. While a “front squat” involves carrying the weight in front of the chest, a “back squat” entails placing weight on the shoulders behind the neck. X-ray analysis of squat lifts reveals that back squats put the lower spine in a more horizontal position, increasing the risk of stress fractures.

Chiropractic treatment is a strong choice for both preventative care and as treatment for injuries that have already occurred. At FAMILY PRACTICE OF CHIROPRACTIC, we take a total look at the total picture and formulate lifestyle changes that will help you maintain your health. We have state-of-theart equipment – let us help you. Please call 617.472.4220 to schedule an appointment. We’re located at 112 McGrath Hwy., Quincy, where our goal is to understand your needs.

P.S. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to stress fractures of the spine, which is an argument for finding an alternative exercise to squat lifts.

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Dr. Gabrielle Freedman

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