Our ancestors left us their back.

It was a matter of survival for our ancestors: only those who could move far and fast caught the stag, defended the cave and gathered enough roots and berries to survive. Running, jumping, bending, stretching, stooping, ducking, squatting and lying – that is what the human body is made for.

But unfortunately not their daily movement routines.

However, in fact, our everyday life with a high sitting factor forces us to change the behavioural patterns designed for us by nature. Our complex musculoskeletal system is permanently underchallenged, many functions of our highly specialised body remain unused, untrained abilities go to waste. Typical civilisation diseases are the result – above all damage to the inadequately exercised movement apparatus with its central spine/intervertebral
system. Backache has become the most widespread health complaint in Germany.

From the evolution point of view, we are simply not adapted to this.

Sitting at work is a modern invention. Up to about 200 years ago sitting was a “matter of one’s standing”. Sedentary activities were primarily reserved only for persons of high standing like pharaohs, emperors and kings. The human being moved in the course of work, stood still or squatted. Only about 50 years ago did hours of sitting become part of daily life at work. A development that has taken our backs off guard. From the evolution point of view,
we are simply not adapted to this.

Why this is so and how we can survive the modern world better and healthier is described on our pages Backache, Lack of Movement, Sitting and Health and Ergonomics.