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 drawer pulls, scissors, or a chair. Each of these examples beg for both a formula perspective: form + function.

Buying furniture or interior decorating is like dating.

One may think an object is the perfect partner but it may not last.  A chair that fits perfectly with an heirloom desk may cause back discomfort. 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.

Questions to Ask:
  1. What sensation draws the most interest to objects or the appearance of a room?
  2. What was the circumstance when an object or furnishing was removed to better health?
  3. Is there fear to voice concern about a destructive object in the workplace or work space?

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’ or quit using aesthetically-pleasing furnishings because of body demands.

When choosing products, seek a second opinion from experts that know body mechanics to better your health, the task-to-body approach. Our performance and design coaches can help.

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