Practice Makes Permanent

 The human body is  designed to maintain or regain upright posture, balance, and stability after an injury and into old age as long as the body maintains or can regain aliment when moving.

Traditional single-point, three-tip, four-tip and quad canes force people to extend their arm and lean to one side onto the cane handle to maintain balance. The head stops being aligned and centered over the shoulders and becomes positioned downward in front of the rest of the body.  When you walk looking down at the ground or leaning on or towards a cane handle to maintain balance you have to shorten the size of your step and stride and your body has less balance and less stability. Unless something is right in front of your feet you won't see it making you more likely to fall. When you walk looking down, your spine loses its natural alignment.   You have to walk on the front and mid foot part of your foot only in order to maintain balance or you will fall. Your feet stop contacting the ground from heel to toe and your core muscles become weaker with each step you take. If you walk looking down or bent over a cane or a crutch or a walker to maintain balance your core muscles 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 your core muscles responsible for posture, balance and stability.

If you walk upright and stay upright you become stronger and more upright with time because you're using your body the way it was designed to be aligned and moved to engage your core muscles and maintain or regain  a balanced step, stride and upright 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 the weight of the body from heel to toe, or back to front without having to lean forward or onto a cane handle to maintain balance like a single pt, 3 tip, 3 prong or 4 tip cane.The head stays centered between the shoulders, the shoulders over the hips and the hip, knee and ankle joints are able to evenly balance and load and unload the weight of the body on the feet when walking. The feet contact the ground together with the cane foot from heel to toe. The body maintains alignment and vertical stability. The weight bearing joints are able to work together and evenly load and unload the body's weight over and onto the feet helping engage the core muscles and an upright stable walking gait. 

 

Practice makes permanent – good or bad. Procedural memory is a form of muscle memory from which the neural pathways in our brain make motor behavior automatic. The mind moves the body, and the body moves the mind. Form dictates function.  You are the way you walk!