Sunday, November 25, 2007

The S.A.I.D. principle

Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands (S.A.I.D.)

The SAID principle pretty much sums up everything we know about human performance and function. Our bodies perform in the exact manner in which we use them. What and how we do something determines how our bodies look and perform.

The population of the United States, according to the July 2007 census, is 301,139,947. It has been reported that 80% to 85% of all Americans have suffered from back pain at some point in their lives.

OK so let's do the math. 301,139,947 multiplied by 80% (we'll use the low end) equals around 240,911,957. So roughly 240 million people of the current population have, had, or will have back pain. That's insane.

So, getting back to the SAID principle. If we are in some sort of pain, it is more than likely something to do with what we do, what we have done, or even what we haven't done, that is the cause of our problems. Our joints, knees, and backs for this matter don't just go bad, we make them bad. So looking at the numbers of back pain incidences, we could say that about 240 million people in the U.S. use their bodies incorrectly. This number is probably even higher, if we were to consider all the other people who just seem to be lucky and never have back problems.

Also, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention the top 6 killers in the U.S. are:
1. Heart Disease
2. Cancer
3. Stroke
4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
5. Accidents
6. Diabetes

Looking at these, you could say 5 could be preventable. Yes I would argue that some forms of cancer can be preventable. Now looking at back pain and the leading causes of death, we could relate all these to the SAID principle. The answer to these is specific, proper exercise and nutrition, and a 'little' restructuring of our society. Now obviously the last one is pretty unrealistic, but specific and proper exercise and nutrition is all within our control. The key to the exercise and nutrition is the specific and proper. We need to be specific with what we do and do those things properly. Again, specific adaptations to imposed demands. We cannot escape this principle.

Restructuring our society would solve all the problems, but to do so it would nearly mean we would have to take a step back in time. We are a victims of our own ingenuity. We have become so advanced in our technology that we truly are killing ourselves. And we are using our technology in fetal attempts to keep ourselves alive.

Alright, that last paragraph got a little deep and dark, and maybe a little exaggerated, but I think it is important to think about.



bsteffen said...

Great points on S.A.I.D! As far as your closing statement, you hit it on the head! Its true, technology is "killing us". So much sitting and non functional movement is caused from it. This doesnt only lead to low back pain, but obesity as well, which as we all know is an epidemic in our society. It is sad and sickening! Restructuring our society is exactly what we need to do, but as you know that is nearly impossible since the majority of our society values technology over their health and well-being!

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