Faculty Advisor

Butler, Tiffiny A

Faculty Advisor

Fichera, Loris

Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S.

Abstract

Many American adults in today's society spend extended periods of time hunched over a computer or phone. This hunched position weakens the upper posterior muscles that support the shoulder and neck prompting muscle imbalance. Specifically, the lower trapezius and clavicle flexor muscles become too weak while the pectoral and upper trapezius muscles become too tight leading to the condition known as postural kyphosis or, more commonly, rounded shoulders. Our project aimed to design, build, and test a device able to treat and correct postural kyphosis through sensorimotor training. While the effectiveness of this device was determined through a short-term biomechanical validation processes, we recommend further testing to gather the long-term effects of use.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2018

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Biomedical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biomedical Engineering

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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