Human beings have bent forward for millenia to reach, gather, and lift. In modern times, bending has become a problematic activity associated with back pain and pathology. Modern ways of bending differ significantly from those observed in non-industrial cultures. Modern guidelines on bending are also very different from traditional patterns. Esther Gokhale presents the merits of hip-hinging, the bending pattern of our ancestors, and shows how it can help us avoid disc damage, ligament laxity, and muscle dysfunction. Using slides from her travels in Africa, India, Israel, and elsewhere, Gokhale will help the audience experience the safety and comfort of a small degree of hip-hinging.
Abstracts and information about the Ancestral Health Symposium can be found at www.ancestralhealth.org/ahs14-program.