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Neanderthal No More: Part II

Written on May 28, 2004 at 3:43 pm, by Eric Cressey

After reading Part I you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Maybe my posture isn’t so great after all, but how do I know?” Well, if you completed your homework assignment from last week, you should have been waiting for this week’s update with a bunch of photos in hand. Time to put them to good use!

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  • Andrew Lock

    Hi Eric,
    Usually I enjoy your work. This has just bugged me for a couple of years though. Today I have time to drop you a line.

    Your main contention that there is an increase in lumbar lordosis in the population is erroneous. Refer to McKenzie’s published works (quoted by Pavel), even McGill’s studies on disc problems and most spinal published research, in English, since the 1960’s(trust me I’ve read much of it).

    Sitting posture is dominated by lumbar kyphosis. That is why discs(PLL and annulus) fatigue and nucleus migrates posteriorly. Consider this to also be posterior pelvic tilt. Your article states the opposite (without references for this). In standing most people still have decreased lordosis. Now, if you are untrained in lumbar assessment you may mistake gluteals for the lumbar lordosis. Most people do. Infact your article asks people to self assess, they would have no idea about differentiation. Then you tell them to put it down as increased if they can’t tell!

    As decreased lumbar lordosis is a sign consistant with most disc injury (reference Donelson R, published works 1990’s, Fast A – Arch Phys Med Rehab 1988. for a start) There is no dispute, except from non-medical and alternative medical groups.

    Probably worth a re-boot of your article after these years.

    I am free to some extent for awhile, so if you wish for author input (with a mountain of references)upon lubar spine, I offer you that service.

    Respectfully,
    Andrew Lock


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