Body Mechanics to Better Your Health

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Form and function are two basic principles to designing objects. Function may include the dimensions for an intended space or the comfort to sit for long periods of time.  Examples of form include knobs or drawer pulls. Each of these examples beg for both perspectives, the formula form + function.

What is it that draws you to an object or the appearance of a room?

Buying furniture or interior decorating is like dating. You may think they are the perfect partner but it doesn’t last.  A chair that fits perfectly with an heirloom desk may cause back discomfort. Do you break up with furnishings to better health?

Relationships are desirable when unity is present. Aging and routine resistance training cause muscles to build and weaken unevenly (Degens and Erkins 2009). Disturbances in the skeletal system may be caused by disproportionate muscle strength.  This may lead to joint, tendon, nerve, and tissue damage. Often this leads to financial and time costs for surgical repair or joint replacements. In essence, our body has its own relational complexities. Yet, it strives for unity form birth to death.

Designers often seek professional advice for tips on ergonomics for a task. They do so by admitting their skill about the body is less than an expert with experiences through training and application of body movement. This saves the cost of individuals required to break-up with their aesthetically-pleasing furnishings for body demands. When choosing products, seek a second opinion from experts that know body mechanics to better your health, the task-to-body approach.

Herman Miller’s project resolved in Daniel Carlston’s cartoons that illustrates their idea of the most productive types of space

Degens, H, Erskine R. M., Morse C. I., (2009) Disproportionate Changes in Skeletal Muscle Strength and Size in Resistance Training and Ageing, J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact 2009; 9(3):123-129