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How the Asian Squat Helps Your Back

How the Asian Squat Helps Your Back

One of the strongest shapes in nature is the arch.  Ancient Rome built arch bridges and aqueducts that still stand today due to the strength.  The arch distributes the forces away from the center to the support area allowing a stronger structure.

The human body is a good example of arches.  The amount of forces that we place on our bodies every day even in the sitting position can be immense.  There is 140 kg of pressure on the low back by sitting evenly on both butt bones (ischiums) while being upright.  Now imagine sitting on your foot or crossing your legs or leaning on your console while driving and leaning forward, the pressure can jump up to 200+ kg.  not only is that a greater load on the body, its also a uneven force.  Placing your disks and nerves at risk.

Asian Squat Helps Your Back

We have three curves in our spine from the side view.  There is a lordosis in your neck and low back while the mid back has a kyphosis.  These arches allow forces to be distributed away from the nervous system like a snow plow would clear a path for the brain to communicate easier with the rest of the body.

Our legs are also an arch.  It will take our upper body weight and distribute those forces down our legs (while standing)  and right out our feet which just so happens usually (in most of us) has arches.  At one time I was 230 pounds, my legs weighed 15 pounds each which left 200 pounds of weight that needed to be distributed.  You can see that when we sit we take the arch away and the forces increase on the low back.

The Asian squat is, in my opinion, the way the human being is designed to sit.  When we squat we are keeping an arch position in the legs which allows the forces to be distributed properly.  It also opens the hip and knee joints properly.

It’s said that not everyone can do it but that is generally because our muscles have shortened over the years due to sitting so much.   I find that after I do some calisthenic exercises, I am able to perform the Asian squat with no problems at all.  It is the healthiest way to sit.  I have a two-minute timer on my electric tooth brush—I like to do the squat each morning while brushing my teeth.  It takes a lot of strain off my low back.

There are many sites online and on youtube that can explain how to do the Asian squat in greater detail.  It is a wonderful daily practice that will make your body work more effectively.  This one below is fun to watch.

And here are few links on Asian squatting you might want to check out:

“Asian Squats to Improve Health, Flexibility and Balance” by Cate Leona, UDEMY
“Forget Sitting Versus Standing. The Real Question Is Should You Squat More?” by Anna Medaris Miller, Staff Writer, US News
“The Surprising Health Benefits Behind the Asian Squat,” by Saigoneer
“Why Can’t Everyone Do the Asian Squat?” by Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.