When I think about being taller, an vivid image pops into my mind - a shrunken Mike TV (ala Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) being taken off to the Taffy-pulling room by the Oompa Loompas on Willy Wonka's orders.
Mike TV had been minimised by some of Wonka's technological wizardry.
This fictional wizardry still hasn't been made a reality yet but the good news, however far-fetched it may sound, is that you can probably be taller than you are right now. Without the Taffy-pulling machine too.
When most of us think of being taller, our minds go to our posture.
With better posture, we think we may be taller. If only we could bring ourselves to sit and stand without slouching and remember to stand up straight.
This oversized Oompa Loompa has a little secret to tell you:
"Standing or sitting up straight makes you look taller but actually makes you smaller."
I'm going to switch metaphors for minute. Stay with me.
Imagine a buoy sat on top of a pool or water. Gravity pulls the buoy down but its buoyancy keeps it afloat on the water's surface. The buoy will stay afloat at the same level over time unless something pushes or pulls the buoy further down. As soon as this extra force is removed, the buoy will spring back to its original height on the water.
That buoy is your head.
Whatever you weigh, whatever your age, gravity stays the same and that buoy can stay afloat at the same height. There is only one thing you can do to pull it down:
your latent unintentional muscular activity.
In a fully healthy you, your internal buoyancy will perfectly counteract gravity to keep you as tall as you are.
The minute you start using your muscles all the time without realising it, you diminish this internal buoyancy. This is true even if its in trying so sit or stand up tall.
Counterintuitively, its by not trying to stand or sit tall that you will get back some of your natural internal buoyancy.
By not engaging extra muscles to stand and sit and by learning to shed any muscle activity that you don't intend at any given moment, you will over time start to, at a very low rate, grow back to your actual height. It's slow and requires a lot of attention but it's possible.
Why put in all that time and effort just to get a few centimetres taller?
Apart from getting on to more rides at Disneyland, it can make you a better athlete.
Being buoyantly tall means your skeleton is positioning itself well with the cooperation of ideally working muscles.
That's means a strong well-organised frame being pulled around by well-oiled pistons. A few centimetres can be the difference that makes you more supremely strong, powerful and athletically ready.
You don't need a taffy puller. You don't need to think about making it happen. Forget that stuff and let that buoy rise.
Arton "Your buoy" Baleci