The View: Kelly Starrett Becoming A Supple Leopard Review

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The View: Kelly Starrett Becoming A Supple Leopard Review

You may not know it, but simple, everyday movements such as sitting down, texting, and picking up your kids are the reason that 80 percent of Americans experience back pain, and there are a few simple tweaks that you can make to each of these movements that can prevent you from becoming part of that statistic. To show us how to make these tweaks, physical therapist and author of the book Becoming A Supple Leopard Dr. Kelly Starrett came to The View.

Kelly Starrett said that he wrote this book because most of the pain and postural complications that he sees are very preventable problems that can be fixed through simple adjustments.

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The View: Kelly Starrett Becoming A Supple Leopard Review

Physical Therapist showed us some tips for preventing back problems from his book, Becoming A Supple Leopard.

The View: Kelly Starrett How To Stand

Kelly Starrett said that when most people stand, they adopt small postural ticks that have them putting all their weight on one leg, slouching, or spreading their legs apart. These things can lead to herniated disks and other pain that plagues many people.

To fix this, the first thing you should do is point your feet straight ahead. Next, and this is only temporary, squeeze your butt to tilt your pelvis forward. If your pelvis didn’t move forward, you were already in good shape. Next, tighten your stomach, and finally, screw your feet into the ground just a little bit.

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By now, you are probably looking and feeling pretty strange, but you’re supposed to. What you want to do next is relax all of these adjustments you made down to about 20 percent. As it happens, if you take out the butt squeeze and the part where you screw your feet into the ground, these same adjustments can be made to correct your sitting posture.

The View: Kelly Starrett How To Text

Kelly Starrett said that people may not realize it, but when they are texting, they also adopt some pretty poor posture, such as slumped shoulders and strange foot positions. Much like the standing position, you should have your feet pointed forward, but instead of screwing your feet into the ground, you rotate you shoulders. Instead of looking down at your phone, you should bring your phone to your face.

The View: Kelly Starrett How To Squat And Bend Over Properly

Squatting, a movement that leaves many people with back and leg injuries every year, was the first movement addressed. Kelly Starrett said to first make sure that you are in the proper standing position. Next, you spread your feet a little wider and unlock your knees. When you bend down, keep your shins vertical while using your hip as a hinge, and then, roll onto your toes. To stand back up, roll off of your toes.

The last movement was simply bending over to, say, pick your baby up out of a crib, Kelly had us bending at the hip, instead of arching our backs, to get down into the crub.

 

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