Since kinesiology is the study of the mechanics of body movements….
…and ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment…
…its easy to understand why pain and fatigue in static standing has been overlooked for so long.
We have collectively missed and even dismissed the damage and cost that occurs when we STOP MOVING. All we did was focus on ways to remedy inefficiency in humans when all we ever had to do was provide balance and stabity.
When humans stand in gravity, we experience postural sway. As we do, our muscles, tendons and fascia make continuous adjustments to hold balance in the upright position. This results in tension, inflammation and fatigue…..until we sit down or fall down.
Either way, the same thing happens when we control that postural sway. Our body has a chance to stop working so hard on balance. We use chairs at home, beds at night and lean on whatever we can find during the day.
But if we have no way to control the sway, we lock our knees to feel more stable. We know that deadlifting with locked knees causes excessive strain on the lower back. So why wouldn’t daily, repetitious reaching and lifting with locked knees be any less harmful? Right, it’s invisible yet brutal. Over a lifetime we end up hobbled and broken.
So if chairs, beds and walls control postural sway so we can stand again, and if flexed knees reduces back injury, what would happen if we control sway when we stop and stand? What happens when we enable flexed kness in that simple solution?
But you say you aren’t elderly yet or in fact you are young and have no chronic fatigue or back pain. Then prevent them.
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