W-sitting, also commonly known as the reverse cross-legged position, indicates a position where children sit on the floor or on a couch with their legs in the form of a ‘W’. The knees are bent, the legs are twisted
Many children find this posture comfortable. Not only does it offer them stability and balance; this way, they can easily pick up toys lying on the floor in front of them. When children assume the W-sit as their preferred sitting position for a prolonged period of time, this can cause joint and muscle problems in the short and long term, especially in the back, hips, legs and feet. That is why it is important not to stimulate the W-sitting.
Due to prolonged use of the W-sitting, muscles can fail to develop properly. The consequences: inwardly turned feet and underdeveloped torso and back muscles. Children may also struggle to maintain their balance and may be unable to execute certain movements properly.
The issues and consequences can be treated by physiotherapy for children. Support soles can also help reduce the inwardly turned feet. The best thing is of course to prevent your children from assuming the W sit. This can be accomplished by having them use the cross-legged position or by having them keep both legs in front of them.