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Calista Huang

Carlmont High SchoolClass of 2024

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  • How can a wearable electronic garment be used to monitor and improve back posture? with mentor Jessica (Feb. 25, 2022)

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How can a wearable electronic garment be used to monitor and improve back posture?

Started July 28, 2021

Abstract or project description

Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, preventing many people from engaging in work or other everyday activities. Good posture entails training your body to develop a habit that exerts the least amount of pressure on supporting ligaments and muscles however, posture is not consciously maintained. Instead, muscle groups automatically support the spine and enable flexing, bending, or arching of the spine, meaning efforts to consciously improve posture will ultimately fail. Over time, muscles develop habits that can put extra strain on the back and make correcting posture difficult. The greatest contributor to postural problems is poor postural habits which occur every day, common in a work environment that requires long hours of sitting or standing. Harmful consequences of poor posture include misalignment of the spine, back pain, sore muscles, improper lung function, blood vessel constrictions, improper gait, and proneness to injury. Reversing or correcting bad posture is an action that should be taken as soon as the problem is identified, and having a user-friendly, easily accessible device for the body to train muscles to properly support and balance the spine would be significantly useful in preventing long term detrimental effects of bad posture, which is a result of years of activity. After returning to in-person school and experiencing strains and discomfort from hunching over textbooks and carrying a backpack, I was motivated to research a solution to offer feedback on postural habits. In this project, I developed and tested a wearable garment that monitors, evaluates, and communicates real-time sensory feedback of back posture.