This Is Why Most Indigenous Cultures Don’t Have Back Pain
Esther Gokhale, an acupuncturist who practices in Palo Alto, California, thinks she’s found the reason why. She was compelled to study indigenous people to understand why it is that modern living caused back pain and indigenous living didn’t. So she traveled to some of the most remote locations on Earth to find an answer.
The biggest difference she saw was in how these people walked, sat, and stood. “I have a picture in my book of these two women who spend seven to nine hours everyday, bent over, gathering water chestnuts,” Gokhale told npr.org. “They’re quite old. But the truth is they don’t have a back pain.” She even found that their spines were differently shaped. Instead of having S shaped spines like adults often do, they had J shaped spines.
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