Lancashire, United Kingdom (PressExposure) September 07, 2009 -- Our lives are generally less active than they used to be, often because of the long hours we spend sitting at a computer at work and home. Many of us sit in poor postures for much of this time, leading to an explosion in back pain and related health conditions.
Over 80% of Americans will suffer serious back pain requiring medical treatment during their lifetimes. A recent large UK study found that 71% of computer workers suffered back pain in the last year, and 75% suffered eye fatigue. Back pain levels rose to 80% amongst younger staff who work on computers.
Research has shown that painful and quality-of-life-affecting conditions such as back, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can develop from bad working habits and poor posture when spending long periods at a computer.
Such health problems lead to absences, poor performance and various other costs to organisations.
Award-winning software, called PostureMinder, has been developed specifically to help protect computer users' health and and reduce absences and other ill-health costs.
PostureMinder uses any off-the-shelf webcam to continuously check for bad posture. Friendly on-screen reminders alert the user whenever they sit in damaging posture for a prolonged period, helping them to directly reduce the damage done, and to improve their posture over time.
PostureMinder also includes comprehensive ergonomic training to teach users how to set-up their computer and furniture, and promotes healthy working habits such as taking regular breaks and micro-breaks for improved concentration, stretch exercises to relieve tension and a hydration tool to encourage better health and concentration through good hydration.
It's a simple, low-cost solution to protect employee health, well-being and performance, all day, every day.