Thursday, March 29, 2012
Go easy on your muscles, especially when typing
The critical point is that the primary movers do not act alone. Any movement also involves three other sets of muscles (Langford p.37):
· Other muscles keep the balance and integrity of the rest of the body during movement.
Clearly we need to think of the body acting as a co-ordinated whole – even during minor movements that may be beyond our conscious awareness.
But are we doing this well? Our postural habits most likely mean that some muscles are not being used appropriately.
Does this cause tiredness and pain when we type? Perhaps we are using muscles in our back and shoulder girdle as primary movers or antagonists when they should be playing a support role as stabilisers and balancers.