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Gait Is Correctible

Posted Oct 04 2012 1:44pm


As a human, you want to stand up.
You would rather stand straight than
hunched-over, or with any partial squat.
You desire to walk around using your
legs. You try to walk like everyone else.
These are very basic concepts.

But consider one joint. A knee. A hip.
An elbow. How many bones are used
in the elbow joint. The answer is three.
How much range of motion does one
joint have? It depends on flexibility.

Now consider how many joints you have
in your whole body. Do you know how
many? The average fetus has 300 bones,
while the average adult has 206 bones.
Your back alone has over 30 joints, and
there exist infinite mechanisms in the feet.
The bones fuse over time, reducing the
number of "flexible joints."

It can safely be said that there are a few
hundred joints in the human body.
Consider the tremendous range of motion
of the whole being, and compare that to
the ability to stand up straight.

People who are more flexible can generally
stand up straighter than those who aren't.

Now consider gait, or the way a person
walks. First, standing up straight, trying to
vertically stabilize a few hundreds joints;
then, taking the first step forward. It's like
trying to balance a tower of stacked plates.
They go all over the place!

Human gait is a forward-falling, sloppy mess
of vertically-stacked joints that eventually
seize-up, causing the gait to slow, stutter,
and then cease.

Over time, this rickety gait wears out joints
in almost random selection. It certainly
causes more bones to fuse, or the need
to be surgically fused. You see, flexibility
is lost over time and certain joints of the
body wear out.

But with training, everyone can learn
corrective gait and practice better walking.
This lengthens the life of the joints, therefor
fortifying the body and lengthening the life.

How abstruse !
But we teach corrective gait every day !

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