The spinal engine is a three part system as pictured above. When functioning properly the lumbar spine and thoracic spine counter rotate while the cervical spine rotates against the shoulder to maintain balance.. In other words the low back twists in one direction while the upper back twists in the opposite direction. The head and neck end up twisting in the same direction as the low back in order to keep balanced.
The working theory of motion always considered the legs to be the driving force of creating all the twisting and turning that propelled humans forward in a walking gait. That was until researcher and nuclear physicist Serge Gracovetsky demonstrated that the man pictured below was able to walk with no legs whatsoever. The man had no leg bones beneath his ischial tuberosities commonly referred to as the sit bones.. These are the bones you feel beneath your buttocks when you sit on a hard chair. This man was able to walk with no legs simply by using the spinal engine as described above. The gait was so perfect, when the person filming hid the bottom of the pelvis from view, it wasn’t possible to guess the man had no legs.
So How can this theory benefit you?
What can you do for yourself? You need to work on making your spine more supple and elastic if you want to walk more smoothly and efficiently with less effort. Most people tend to exercise in one plane. For example leg lifts are done one side at a time then sit ups, pushups or even planks are done with the body in a straight line. You need to work on exercises that twist and rotate the spine. Yoga and Tai Chi are great for this.
What can I do for you? In my sessions where I use Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques much of what I do is designed to use muscle energy techniques with client participation both free up tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles that contribute to the three parts of the spinal engine working properly.
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