Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain

June 9, 2015

Gokhale had a herniated disc. Eventually she had surgery to fix it. But a year later, it happened again. “They wanted to do another back surgery. You don’t want to make a habit out of back surgery,” she says.

This time around, Gokhale wanted to find a permanent fix for her back. And she wasn’t convinced Western medicine could do that. So Gokhale started to think outside the box. She had an idea: “Go to populations where they don’t have these huge problems and see what they’re doing.”

The primary focus of the article is on indigenous populations’ posture and spinal shape, which is valid, but not the full picture. Only toward the end of the article is the conclusion that a healthy spinal shape is correlative, not the direct cause, of a pain-free life. The means to this, we believe, are more along the lines of a life-long movement practice and the muscle tone and mobility that comes with it.