I don’t think ancient humans were complaining about pains from how they slept funny, so if we’re the same species, what’s wrong with us Aches and pains are just part of life, but do you think our cave, tree or grassland dwelling ancestors gave a crap about little aches Maybe they just didn’t get them as much. A story making the rounds this week claims to have an answer our posture is bad like, really bad. A California acupuncturist with chronic back pain travelled the world exploring cultures where chronic back pain wasn’t common and attempted to reverse engineer their lifestyle.
Choices. She observed cultures where women and men spent their days working in fields, carrying heavy objects on their heads, or quote hunched over weaving, for hours, and noted that none of them had back pain, even though many were very old. Her explanation Posture. Based on her observations, the spine shouldn’t form an S, but a J. Looking at these people, late 19th century medical texts, and statues from ancient cultures, all told her we were messing with our spines! This is a totally plausible reason for pain, evolution guided.
Us to the proper posture and our social culture has altered it but this wasn’t a scientific study, just a number of case studies. That being said, there are a number of studies saying we Americans and many others probably ARE doing things wrong. There’s a TON of talk around the office about how we sit in hairs, and my mom used to yell at me about slouching. If the acupuncturist I mentioned is right, then sitting up straight COULD help, but if nonscience isn’t enough, studies from San Francisco State University.
3 Scientific Reasons Why Your Back Hurts
Have found keeping up straight when seated correlates with generating more positive memories, whereas walking slumped decreases your energy levels. So listen to my mother, and fix your posture! You’d think something you do once a day or maybe more! you’d be good at, but you might want to sit down for this one you’re pooping wrong. Evolution didn’t involve toilets. Not even once. Instead, humans would, like other animals, squat! Our human anatomy isn’t made to push out a halfpound 120g of waste while sitting down, instead, we’re supposed to be squatting with the thighs running parallel.
To the abdomen! A 2003 study in Digestive Diseases and Sciences found people who squatted pooped faster, and with less effort than those on a toilet! A separate study from 2010 xrayed people while they pooped out a fluid that had been put INTO their colons and they found abdominal strain was way lower for squatting than sitting! I love science. You don’t have to rip the porcelain throne out of the bathroom though, just get a shorter one, or even put a stool underfoot to help align your legs and abs!.
Since the late 1500s when the flush toilet swirled into our midst, we’ve been pooping wrong and now we’re having problems with our our bowels. Pooping wrong creates all sorts of problems with constipation and, more seriously, the abdominal strain causes painful swelling and bleeding of the veins around your anus that is hemorrhoids! In the US, eighty percent of the population will have a sleeprelated back problem at some point in our lives, and yet we treat the symptom not the disease. We spend one third of our lives asleep, but we’re terrible at that too. Sleeping on our stomachs is bad.
For the spine, the fetal position hunches the back and leads to neck AND back pain. Sleeping on mediumfirm to firm mattresses FAR better for the alignment of the back than too soft or too hard. And if you don’t want to swap mattresses, at least switch to sleeping on your back it’s supposed to be the best for a natural spine position. Again, think about our evolution, we didn’t evolve to sleep on a pillowtop, but on a thinly cushioned patch of grass or dirt. Today, about onethird of Americans in their 50s have some kind of chronic pain in their.