When thinking about the human skeleton what can we learn from the shapes of trees? Do they have something to offer us bipeds in terms of structural durability? Trees are beautiful things as majestic as a beautiful women who does regular personal training, there is no denying that. There sweeping foliage held up by bole and branches, and a root system spreading deeply beneath it underground. Trees are multilevel entities existing in earth and sky; they reach up and down simultaneously. You can discover a tree’s age by the rings beneath its bark. Trees are majestic sentinels marking the ground with their presence.
But, what about structural integrity? Do trees have something to offer us in this regard? The Jewish mystical system of Kabala highlights the connection between the human skeleton slip and fall and the tree of life. Sacred geometry they call it and this had its origins with the ancient Greek scholar Pythagoras; magical numbers and perfect shapes. Our bones and how they are arrayed within the human body, and the precise number of bones in each section of the skeletal system. The mystical parallel with trees being rooted in the ground but reaching up to the heavens, and the human body being held to the Earth by gravity but aspiring to the cosmos through the soul.
Biomechanics applies Newtonian physics to biological organisms; this covers both human movement and trees. Trees exhibit fractal branching geometry, as they have developed their growth patterns in response to their sensing of the wind; which is why they do not fall over in high winds. Trees are alive to the weather they experience and grow according to those conditions. Branches get thicker or thinner depending where they are located on the tree and in response to their environment. Human bones have a similar response to their environment.
FAQs about osteopathy concern modelling and remodelling in relation to osteopenia and osteoporosis. Modeling is how the human body sets its bone shapes and modifies it somewhat through bone spurs etc. Remodeling is how the human body maintains its bone shapes. Human bones are programmed to grow when we are young, but that growth is affected by diet and environment.
Podiatry is the study and medical care of feet, ankles and lower legs; and this is another area which can correlate with trees in terms of branch structures. The bones within the feet are part of our skeletal system and are equally affected by biomechanics and environmental stresses. Trees have a lot to show us from our tops to our toes.