Practice Makes Permanent You Are The Way You Walk

 The human body is  designed to develop, maintain or regain upright posture, balance, and stability into old age and after an injury. 

If you walk upright and stay upright you become stronger and more upright with time because you're moving your body the way it was designed to be aligned and moved to engage your core muscles and maintain or regain an upright, stable, balanced step, stride and walking gait. 

The 3rd Foot Cane's offset cane foot has the same proportions as the foot, smaller in the back and larger in the front. The cane foot supports and maintains balance and the weight of the body from the back of the cane foot to the front of the cane foot without having to extend the arm and lean forward or onto a cane handle to maintain balance. The head is able to stay upright, aligned and centered between the shoulders.  The feet contact the ground together with the cane foot from heel to toe. The body maintains alignment and vertical stability when walking forward, backwards and when turning. The weight bearing joints are able to work together to evenly load and unload the body's weight over and onto the feet helping engage the core muscles responsible for maintaining upright posture, balance and an upright stable walking gait. 


If you walk with your head down or bent forward or towards a cane or a crutch or a walker handle to maintain balance you head stops being aligned and centered over your body and your feet stop contacting the ground from heel to toe. Your core muscles between your neck and waist stop engaging and you become more bent over with time because you're moving your body in ways it was never designed for to engage the core muscles responsible for upright, posture, balance and stability.

Traditional single-point, three-tip, four-tip and quad cane feet are not  proportioned like a foot. In order to maintain balance they force people to extend their arm to one side and lean onto the cane handle.  The head stops being aligned and centered over the shoulders and becomes positioned in front of the rest of the body. The shoulders stop being aligned over the hips and the weight bearing joints stop working together in pairs to evenly load and unload the weight of the body. You must shorten the size of your step, stride and walking gait or you'll fall. You become less stable and you look older and feel older because your core muscles that rely on your feet contacting the ground from back to front or heel to toe with your head upright  and centered between your shoulders stop engaging. You become more and more bent over with time because of the way you're forcing your body to move to maintain balance.  Unless something is right in front of your toes you won't have enough time to stop walking or to step over or walk around it making you more likely to fall and become injured.  


Practice makes permanent. Procedural memory is a form of muscle memory. It takes three weeks for neural pathways in the brain that make any new motor behavior good or bad to start changing. At four months old pathways will be rewritten making the new way of walking automatic. The mind moves the body, and the body moves the mind. Form good or bad dictates physical ability and function.  You are the way you walk! 


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