Tension instead of compression on human spine?

In summary, the spine in most mammals is horizontal, but it has evolved to operate vertically under tension in monkeys swinging from branch to branch. In humans and other animals that walk on two legs, the spine is in compression when vertical. There is no evidence that humans evolved from swinging monkeys. Spending time swinging around with our spines in tension or sleeping in a hanging position or on a horizontal rotating bed could potentially have positive effects on our spines, but it is not a simple issue of either compression or tension. Our spines have evolved to experience both compression and tension in all directions.
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in most mammals, the spine is usually horizontal

in monkeys swinging from branch to branch, the spine has evolved to operate vertically under tension

in humans (and other animals that walk on two legs), the spine is in compression when vertical

did humans evolve from swinging monkeys?

would it be better for our spines if we spent some time swinging around, with our spines in tension?

or if we slept in a hanging position (possibly upside-down)? or on a horizontal rotating bed (with the ears at the centre)?

what would be the effects be?​
 
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from the little i remember of Statics, it's not a simple issue of either compression or tension. let's say your spine is perfectly vertical (can't be actually because it is curved). well, once you begin to lean forward a bit, the anterior of the spine experiences compression, while the posterior starts to go into tension.

you have really evolved to experience compression and tension in all directions. some more than others, since you can train quite a bit of posterior tension with enough lifting.
 

Related to Tension instead of compression on human spine?

What is tension instead of compression on the human spine?

Tension instead of compression on the human spine refers to the idea that the spine is better able to support weight and movement when it is pulled upward (tension) rather than being pushed downward (compression).

Why is tension better for the human spine than compression?

Tension is better for the human spine because it allows for more even distribution of weight and forces on the spinal column, reducing the risk of injury and degeneration.

What are the potential benefits of using tension instead of compression on the human spine?

Potential benefits of using tension instead of compression on the human spine include improved posture, reduced risk of spinal injuries and pain, and better overall spinal health.

How can tension be applied to the human spine?

Tension can be applied to the human spine through various exercises and stretches that focus on lengthening and elongating the spine, such as yoga, Pilates, and spinal decompression therapy.

Is tension always better for the human spine?

While tension is generally considered to be more beneficial for the human spine, it is important to consult with a medical professional before starting any new exercise or therapy regimen. In some cases, compression may be necessary for specific spinal conditions.

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