Practice-Good or Bad Makes Permanent

 The human body is  designed to maintain or regain upright posture, balance, and stability after an injury and into old age. To do that the body needs to move the way it was designed to move.

Traditional single-point, three-tip, four-tip and quad canes force people to extend their arm and lean to one side to maintain balance. The head stops being aligned and centered over the shoulders and becomes positioned in front of the rest of the body. The line of sight becomes positioned towards the ground instead of in the direction you're moving. This misalignment – especially during recovery after an injury or surgery – becomes a permanent misalignment after a few months. When you walk looking down at the ground or leaning on or towards a cane handle with your head positioned in front of the rest of your body you are less stable and have less balance. 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.  Your step and stride must become smaller when you walk looking down to maintain balance or you'll fall. You walk on the front and mid foot part of your foot only to maintain balance. Your feet stop striking the ground from heel to toe engaging the core muscles and your core muscles become weaker with each step you take. You are the way you walk. Form follows function. Bone function changes cause bone structure modification-Wolff's Law. If you walk bent over a cane or a crutch or a walker to maintain balance your core muscles become weaker and you become more bent over with time. If you walk upright and stay upright you will become stronger and more upright with time because you're using your body the way it was designed to be used to maintain or regain upright posture, balance and stability.

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. When the cane is adjusted and used correctly with the arm close to the side 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 over and on the feet. The feet are able to strike the ground together with the cane foot from heel to toe. The body maintains alignment and vertical stability. The weight bearing joints work together and evenly load and unload the body's weight over and onto the feet helping engage the core muscles. When the body maintains postural equilibrium with the feet striking the ground from heel to toe you are able to maintain or regain a normal size step, stride, and walking gait. You are the way you walk! 

 

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.