Sit Up Straight!

From Good Morning America: “Back pain is an epidemic. It could be caused by our more sedentary lifestyle, a few extra pounds around the middle or looking at the phone for hours each day. But Silicon Valley posture guru Esther Gokhale says in non-industrial cultures, back pain is practically non-existent. Why?”

“She thinks is because our spines have recently changed shape, so she has created an entire method to change that shape and reduce pain. Gohkale says it’s a method for sustainable posture that could lead to a reduction in back pain. Her fans are legion and the medical community has taken note as it searches for alternatives to pain pills, surgery and braces.”

“The problem, Gokhale says, is that modern life takes the top part of our back and curves it forward, creating an “S” of “C” shaped spine. Plus, she says, we’re told to tuck our pelvis and push out our chests, to create a perfectly straight spine. That differs from non-industrial cultures like Burkina Faso, Borneo and in remote parts of Brazil, where Gokhale says she observed “J” shaped spines; the base of the spine curved out to the buttocks, while the rest of the spine stacked vertically straight up to the shoulders.”

“She says children natively have this posture and before the industrial age, so did our great-great-grandparents. But then something changed: Activity lessened, our gaze moved to small tasks with our hands and our idea of sitting and standing properly morphed to something more erect. Gokhale channels my grandmother: “’Sit up straight.’ That’s what moms have been telling their kids for decades; usually in a frustrated way, because it clearly doesn’t work. Maybe for 10 seconds and then the kid goes back to slumping.”


ABC US News | World News