Postural analysis reveals Mark Zuckerberg’s body language.

Now I understand that adrenaline rush the paparazzi’s go through as I scrambled to find my camera. I was desperate to grab a snapshot of Mark Zuckerberg.  Instead of hiding behind some bush, I was operating from the comfort of my couch and had lost the remote for the umpteenth time.  So, unable to hit the pause button, this was the best picture I could get given the circumstances. Yes, he’s a cute guy, but it is his body language, or an analysis of his posture that I want to show you and discuss.

This is a classic computer work influenced posture.

Take a look at Mr. Zuckerberg’s head positioning and the level line of the shoulders. There is a slight forward head carriage, and his left shoulder (our right) is much higher than the other. His body language reveals a posture developed by working on a computer for extended periods of time.

Think about what position bodies need to be in while typing.

The torso tilts forward to allow arms to rest on a table and operate the keyboard. Additionally, the elbows bend and the hands turn in. If someone does that long enough, their chest, lats and bicep muscles will become shortened. His forward head carriage and internally rotated arms reflect extended periods of typing.

It does not stop there, because in order to operate a mouse, one shoulder has to drop.

It looks like that is what happened in the photo illustration. His depressed right shoulder reflects constriction in the latissimus dorsi muscle. Turning attention to the bicep muscles, the angle of the one on his right is turned toward the midline of his body much more than the left. This is due to increased right side shortening of bicep and chest muscles. That is exactly the position he would need to be in for operating a mouse.

His left shoulder is higher than the right.

The elevation of the opposite shoulder (his left) is due to an integration of muscles in his neck and upper shoulder. They are tightening in an attempt to pull the head back to the midline of the body and stay in a good spot to see the screen.

Body language speaks volumes about a person’s pain patterns.

Clients with this kind of posture complain of middle neck and upper shoulder tension primarily and aches in the rhomboid area secondarily.

What will help?

Although directly massaging those areas will help, the most effective protocol will include release of the chest, bicep and front of the neck. Deeper therapeutic bodywork provides excellent results.

There is also an easy stretch that helps. Check out this tip here.

So that is a cautionary tale of doing too much computer work, and a great excuse to schedule a massage if you have!