Mammalian Physiology’s Legacy in Our Human Experience
PLANE DIMENSION AND MAMMALS
MOVEMENT OVER THE HORIZ0NTAL PLANE
FRONT/BACK SPINAL FLEXION ENABLING LATERAL MOVEMENT
More discussion on Undulation:
SHOCK ABSORPTION/BIOTENSEGRITY/ENERGY STORAGE
In primitive Vertebrates the principles of Biotensegrity are challenging to apply. However, once Vertebrates crawled onto land, and more significantly when they began loading their body weight through their legs the principle of Biotensegrity gains relevance. Understanding the bipedal gait of the Primates in our lineage Homo is greatly enhanced by a foundational understanding of the principles of Tensegrity as applied to Biological systems, Biotensegrity.
Mammals mastered the shock absorption and energy storage qualities of tensegrity as impressively demonstrated by the Kangaroo, who can move very efficiently, yet quickly, delivering most of the energy captured when it lands into its next push off of the ground.
Tensegrity is the study of how compressional and tension always forces interact in a structure. It greatly enhances the traditional explanations of posture and gait from Neurophysiology, which at best seem incomplete and of limited clinical therapeutic utility. There is a fuller explanation of Tensegrity here:
It is encouraged that the Tensegrity principle is taken on as an area of study for therapists dealing with clients’ physical issues, as well as other issues, as advancing one’s understanding of this principle, enables more holistic therapeutic interventions.
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