Risk Factors: Awkward Postures

An awkward posture is when you move a body part out of neutral range.  For example, when you are sitting upright with your head and neck straight, chin parallel to the ground, this is considered neutral posture of the neck.  However, if you bent your head forward to look down at your keyboard, your neck moves out of neutral posture.  Awkward postures are considered to be ergonomic risk factors because the more you place a body part out of neutral posture, the longer and more frequently you do it, and the more you combine it with other awkward postures (e.g. bending your neck down and twisting your head to the side); the greater your chance of experiencing discomfort and pain, along with putting yourself at risk for injury.  Try to monitor your posture throughout the day and keep everything within the neutral plane.  Note that for the hip, knee, elbow, and ankle joints, 90 degrees of flexion is considered to be neutral posture as well.


One thought on “Risk Factors: Awkward Postures

  1. Your point about monitoring your posture is really important. Since I started doing that I often catch myself hunched over the dinner table quite often. It feels great to straighten up. I think the more I catch myself the better my posture will become


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