Still talking about this book...
Are we really still talking about The Comfort Crisis? Yes. Yes we are! There is enough "gold" in this book that it would be a mistake to not cover another one of the many topics that Michael Easter discusses in the book. This one hits even closer to home for us a Freedom Chiropractic & Rehab.
The statement that Easter makes that was the most impactful for me was when he wrote that lower back pain is a "disease of captivity." That is a POWERFUL thought. He goes on to explain how humans have become increasingly sedentary creatures. Especially in the industrialized world. The vast majority of us will spend the overwhelming majority of our day in a seated position. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, humans lead a much more active lifestyle, and in some parts of the world where we remain active, there are significantly fewer episodes of lower back pain.
Coincidence? I think not.
Easter likened the incidence of lower back pain in humans to the changes in dorsal fins of orcas. Orcas in the wild very rarely have a dorsal fin that flops over. Their dorsal fins stand at attention. However, those that live in captivity long enough rarely have a dorsal fin that stands tall. He wrote that orcas that live in the wild can swim one hundred miles in a day, while those in captivity are kept in tanks that average 86 feet long and 51 feet wide. Those captive orcas are DEFINITELY not swimming anywhere near a hundred miles in those tanks! In the wild, orcas can reach speeds of 35 mph, but there is no way that they can reach that top end speed in those 86 ft long tanks at Sea World. The current hypothesis is that these limitations in swimming capacity on a daily basis are likely a significant contributor to the issues with the orca's dorsal fin issues.
Orca's muscles are a lot like ours, if we don't use 'em, we will lose 'em.
There is a lot that we can learn from this similarity. It is clear to see the direct impact that limited activity levels have on orcas, so it is completely reasonable to assume that we, as humans, are just as likely to suffer those same negative outcomes. I want you to think about what impact adding some activity to your day could possibly have on your health and the quality of your life...
Now Get Out In The World And Move More!
Movement is my medicine,