I have a client who is very bowed legged and would like for me to design a fitness program for her. She does not currently have pain in the knees, but I am concerned that a general fitness plan may cause issues in future because of her bowed legs. I conducted a movement assessment with her and it was just her lower body that had issues (only the bowed legs and excessive forward lean). How would you treat this situation without exacerbating her issue? Exercises and suggestions are appreciated. Thank you!
I would need to see this person to really make recommendations but I’d say start slowly and see how ROM is and how it progresses. This is something this client has lived with so they have established movement patterns. The clients I have worked with haven’t had any particular contraindications. I wouldn’t think surgery is necessary if there aren’t pain or movement issues. The forward lean should be addressed so as to help improve posture as the client ages.
Hello Kimber Williams,
Corrective exercise should help; but, do not ignore doctor orders. I would start with whole body flexibility to get more, if not, full ROM. Listen to the client and their body, this is going to take time; but, it can be done. Start slowly, as Courtney suggests, and be gentle; slow and steady wins the race.
No pain is a good sign; let the client choose the moves that feel comfortable and insist on daily stretching and myofascial release.
When the person is more mobile, add body weight moves one at a time so you know what will cause a reaction or not. Be sure to eat properly and get enough recuperative sleep.
Remember, a flexible muscle is a strong muscle.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
I see you have your CES through NASM. So do I. You should have a template for how to handle a client with an excessive forward lean. I would start off by taking your client through the exercise program outlined with that template.
You work in DC. I work at the Army Navy Country Club just across the river from you in Arlington. Give me a call at 703-521-6800 if you wold like to talk about how to help your client. I am happy to help you.