Lancashire, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 07, 2009 -- We spend more time than ever before sitting down, whether watching TV or using computers. Many of us sit in poor postures for much of this time, leading to an explosion in back pain and related health conditions.
A recent study found that 45% of UK 11-18 year olds suffered back pain last year, a massive 55% increase from the findings of an identical study just 6 years earlier. During that period there has been a significant increase in computer use by children, largely due to the rise in social networking.
Research has shown that painful and quality-of-life-affecting conditions such as back, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive strain injury (RSI) and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can develop from poor posture and bad working habits when spending long periods at a computer.
Award-winning software, called PostureMinder, has been developed specifically to help protect you and your family's health and spines whilst using a computer.
PostureMinder uses any off-the-shelf webcam to automatically check for bad posture. Friendly on-screen reminders alert you whenever you sit in damaging posture for a prolonged period, helping you to directly reduce the damage done, and to improve your posture over time.
Better posture not only helps prevent back pain and other health conditions - it also improves how you look and feel.
PostureMinder also includes simple ergonomic training so you learn how your computer should be set up and how you should sit, and promotes healthy working habits such as taking regular breaks and stretching to relieve tension.
It's a simple, low-cost solution to help you improve your posture and protect you and your children's health every time you use your computer.