OK

At OK, 21 of the 57 employees participating in the study experienced headaches at and after work every week. After 6 weeks of using the Backapp, this was reduced to 7!


Participants
OK in Viby (near Arhus) Denmark work in the energy sector. Of the 57 participants working in the office, 32 were women and 25 were men, with an average age of 45. They exchanged their traditional office chair with the Backapp chair 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 6 weeks. 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

28 of the 57 participants experienced pain in the lumbar area using their traditional office chair. After 6 weeks using the Backapp products, this was reduced to 17! (see table 1)

LESS PAIN IN THE NECK AND SHOULDER AREA

Before the trail started, 37 of 57 (65%) experienced pain in the neck and shoulder areas. After 6 weeks using the Backapp products, this was reduced to 18! (see table 1)

LESS HEADACHES

21 of 57 experienced headaches at and after work every week. After 6 weeks using the Backapp products, this was reduced to 7! (see table 1)

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

10 of 47 participants experienced pain in arms and hands every week. After 6 weeks using the Backapp products, this was reduced to 5! (see table 1)

THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WITH A PAIN FREE UPPER BODY INCREASED 3.7 TIMES

Only 6 of the 57 participants experienced no pain when using a traditional office chair. After 6 weeks using the Backapp products, this increased to 22! (see table 1) The average reduction of areas with pain decreased from 1.77 to 0.91 (see table 2) Pain areas include the lumbar, shoulder/neck, head or arms/hands.

Results

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

37 18 -51,4

Headaches during or after work

21 7 -66,7

Lower back pain/stiffness

28 17 -39,3

Arm and/or hand pain

10 5 -50,0

 None of the above (pain score = 0)

6 22  3,7 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

Pain score = 0

6 22

Pain score = 1

20 22
Pain score = 2 15 9

Pain score = 3

13 4

Pain score = 4

3

0

Pain score = 5

0

0

Total

57

57

Average pain score

1,77 0,91

Change, %

 

-48,6

 

 

 

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