Back pain caused by sedentary computer behaviour seriously affects productivity, quality of life and health care costs. LUMOback is a new medical app that prevents back pain, created by an American stratup and controlled by Smartphone.
Back pain is a rampant epidemic, causing work-related disability, medical absences and doctor visits. While affecting people at work and at play, back pain also has a serious impact on productivity, quality of life and costs. LUMOback combines mobile sensors and sensory feedback to alert users that they are starting to slouch and tells them to stand up or stand up, reducing the risk of poor posture and the resulting chronic back pain. The impact can be enormous: 80% of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, and the overall cost exceeds $50 million annually.
A medical application to prevent back pain
Health support applications focus on the users' eating habits or form, diagnosis of symptoms or other genetic functions. LUMOback is a "self-sufficient" application in the sense that as soon as the sensor is installed, it sends vibrations to the wearer if his or her spine is in a risky position.
The product includes an interface on which the user can see in real time the position of his back. Thanks to this type of exchange, LUMOback does not need to be used proactively: it improves the fit without the user having to throw it or log in. An ideal product in everyday life, but especially in the workplace, whether to raise awareness of back pain problems or to help those who already suffer from it.
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The sensor is available as a 5 cm patch, so it can be used in the workplace without any problems. This makes it one of the target markets since the majority of back pain that LUMOback aims to prevent comes from a sedentary lifestyle. The sensor and the smartphone application were developed by the 3 members of the LUMOback team: a physicist, an engineer and a serial entrepreneur. The start-up is currently in private beta mode but is already using early testers. The large-scale deployment of back problem monitoring is likely to improve productivity and employee morale, while reducing medical costs for individuals, employers and governments. (Source : http://www.atelier.net - San Francisco / 5 June 2012).