Do We Have Normal Function or is Wall-E onto something?

Are we turning into Wall-E Humans?

Has normal movement and function become a thing of the past?

Photo/ Name Credit Disney Pixar

I am old school and proud of it – I remember TV’s being black and white and only one from 7am to 9pm or the like showing a test card or test pattern when there was no broadcast, and you had to get up and walk to it if you wanted to alter the sound or change channel…..

Imagine that! Normal Function – we had to get off our bums and MOVE!

Or when you wanted to have a phone call you had to be ‘in’ and calls were generally after 6pm cos that was off peak and you had to go to the ‘phone corner’ or hallway to answer because it was attached to the wall.

Hoovers were bloody heavy – you got big muscles just pushing those things around!

Washing was in a twin tub you wheeled out and attached to the sink and you had to pick the washed clothes up to swop them over into the spinner tub, and THEN afterwards wheel the thing away!

Cars had windy up and down windows – no buttons there – and steering columns has no power steering.

And kids games were outside playing kick the can, coloured witch, British bulldog and anything that involved home made go karts and speed, elastics, jump rope, hop scotch and just being out and MOVING!

And I am not old.

But – just last week I saw an ad on the TV – switch off your lights in the house form your phone, lock the doors from your phone, pull curtains and blinds… and the list goes on.

Whilst i am a great advocate for convenience and the whole things can be easy too stance – what the hell!

I trained as a physio 25 + years ago – and I can safely say The kids i saw and young teens I saw where few and far between unless they had a sports injury or trauma.

The adults were same – very few just had ‘pain’ for no reason – very few had major posture issues that I see today.

And that is SCARY.

What scares me is people think this is normal.

That poor posture, weak muscles, adative posture, pain for no reason, and just being weak and in that flexed tech mode, text neck, tech thumb, sitting on your scarum – IS NORMAL.


It is seen as normal by todays youth because they see no difference and I am massively concerned that the ‘voice’ coming out in today’s thinking is there is no poor posture – just posture we move in and out of…

What a load of crap – When you are so weak in the back extensors and core and support structures because you can’t even muscle the strength to stand up straight for 20 minutes because you’re sore – that ain’t normal.

When you fatigue because you can’t support your upper body sitting straight because you can’t even sit at the dinner table without using your elbows to support you – it’s such hard work – that aint normal.

When you can’t stand on one leg and balance or catch a ball because your hand ye co- ordination is poor – that ain’t normal.

BUt we are lead to believe by the new research and the new way of thinking that it is.

I beg to differ.
It’s normal because we allow it to be.

It’s normal because kids and teens and even the twenty year olds have grown up less active and less able to move because they have had a different environment than we did 40 years ago.

I see babies playing with phones and ipads, I see kids just staring at screens, and playing on video games.

And I see a lot more kids, teens and adults in clinic in PAIN for no reason and lacking basic co -ordination skills than I ever done.

Wall E was a great movie – before its time – but the ad for the lights and blinds made me think we are already there.

We eat less healthy, we exercise less, and the way kids are exercising at school has now become ‘safe’

What happened to getting that thrill from doing things that challenged us – the thrill of hurtling down a street on a home made go kart with wheels barely hanging on and somehow not coming away with an injury.

But what it did teach us was how our bodies could react – we got reaction skills, balance skills, co -ordination, speed, and the big thing – we had fun and got some cardio and fresh air to boot!

Kids still need to experience movement and stress their bodies – mine do rugby and swimming and surf club and I still harp on about their posture because I know it’s bad because they still sit like tech kids and it drives me nuts!

Make sure you get your kids and YOU active – we rely so much these days on things that make our lives easy that we have forgotten to actually DO something active just to move and function and get strong!

I do know posture types and what we see has changed over the years – and not for the better, and for some this is the new NORM…..

I don’t know the answer.

But I do know there has been a MASSIVE shift and one I find quite scary and disturbing.

Photo Credit – Disney Pixar


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About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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