I had an idea while walking home from the grocery store with my backpack full of groceries. As I walked, I suddenly became aware of how heavy the pack was, and that it was causing me to lean forward at the hips (shortening my hip flexors) and to curl my shoulders forward (shortening my pectoral muscles). This is not great posture, especially for people who spend a lot of time sitting (with shortened hip flexors) at a computer (with forward shoulders).
For people who wear backpacks, even while walking upright, the natural tendency is toward this very same poor postural position. This “back pack posture” is very common in today’s society, and is often associated with low back and neck problems.
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