Lähi Tapiola

At Lahi Tapiola, 34 of 70 employees participating in the trial stated that they were without pain at the start of the trial using their traditional office chair. After 6 months using the Backapp products, this number increased to 46!


Participants
Lahi Tapiola is Finland’s largest insurance company. The 70 participants in the trial were working in the home office in Espoo, near the capital Helsinki. There were 59 women and 11 men with an average age of 44. They exchanged their traditional office chair with the Backapp stool and the Backapp 360 balance board.

Process
The participants were trained in how to use the backapp stool and the Backapp 360 balance board. They answered a questionnaire at the start of the field trial and after using the products for 6 months. The questionnaire was developed by an independent third party who received the completed forms and calculated and tabulated the statistical data.

LESS PAIN IN THE LUMBAR AREA

20 of the 70 participants experienced pain in the lumbar area in the traditional office chair at the beginning of the trial. After 6 months using the Backapp products, this number was reduced to 13! (see table 1)

LESS PAIN IN THE NECK AND SHOULDER AREA

Before the trial started, 39 of the 70 participants experienced pain in the neck and shoulders. After 6 months using the Backapp products, this was reduced to 24! (see table 1)

LESS HEADACHES

18 of the 70 participants experienced headache during and after work every week. After 6 months using the Backapp products, this was reduced to 10! (see table 1)

THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FREE OF PAIN AFTER USING THE BACKAPP PRODUCTS INCREASED 1.9 TIMES

Only 16 of the 70 participants reported having no pain using their traditional office chair. At the end of the trial, this increased to 30!

THE EMPLOYEES REPORTED THAT THEY REMAINED ENERGETIC AFTER A FULL DAY AT THE OFFICE

18 of the 70 employees reported that they felt tired after a normal workday when using their traditional office chair. After 6 months using the Backapp products, this decreased to 7! (see table 2)

PRODUCTIVITY OF THE EMPLOYEES INCREASED

34 of the 70 participants expressed that they felt a high level of productivity when using their traditional office chair. After 6 months using the Backapp products, this incraesed to 46! (see table 3)

Resultater

Table 1

Which of the following types of pains have you experienced during a normal work week. Number of participants.

 

 

Before the trial

After 6 weeks
on Backapp

Change

 

Number

Number

%

Shoulder and neck pain/stiffness

39 24 -38,5

Headaches during or after work

18 10 -44,4

Lower back pain/stiffness

20 13 -35,

 None of the above (pain score = 0)

16 30  1,9 times

 

Table 2
Which of the following types of pains have you experienced during a normal work week. Multiple choice. Number of participants.

 

 

Before the trial

After 6 weeks
on Backapp

Never

7 14

 Infrequently

27 34
 Every now and then 22 16

Quite often

8 1

Every day

4 4

Quite often, evry day, number

12 5

Quite often, every day, %

18 7

Change, %

 

-58,9

 

Table 3
 How would you grade your current fitness for work? Number of participants.

 

 

Before the trial

After 6 weeks
on Backapp

Low 1 0

Somewhat low

1 1
Moderate 4 3

Somwhat high

28 19

High, number

34 46

High, %

48,6 65,7

Change, %

   35,3

 

 

Report from independent third party (Force Technology)

See the report from Force Technology

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