Field Trials

At 1337 AB, 9 of the 27 employees had pains in the arms and hands while sitting in their traditional office chair. After 6 months using the Backapp products only 1 employee reported to still had pain.


Participants
Tretton37 AB is a Swedish firm working in developments of data solutions. The 27 employees who participated in the field trial were relatively young with an average age of 35, 21 men and 6 women, as opposed to the field trials at Siemens and Ving where there were more women than men participating. The 27 participants at Tretton37 exchanged their traditional office chair with a Backapp chair and a Backapp 360 balance board when working. 

Process
The participants were trained in the use of the Backapp chair and the backapp 360 balance board. The participants completed the questionnaires at the beginning of the field trial, after 6 weeks and after 6 months. The questionnaire was developed by an independent third party who received the completed forms and calculated and tabulated the statistical results. 

LESS PAIN IN THE LUMBAR AREA

14 of the 27 participants reported pain in the lumbar area using the traditional office chair. After 6 months using the Backapp products this was reduced to 11 (see Table 1)

LESS PAIN IN THE NECK AND SHOULDER AREA

Before the trial, 19 of the 27 participants (70%) had neck and shoulder pains. After 6 months using the backapp products, this decreased to 10! (see Table 1)

LESS HEADACHES

11 out of 27 reported headaches during and after work throughout the week After 6 months using the Backapp products, this was reduced to 7! (see Table 1)

LESS PAIN IN THE ARMS AND HANDS

9 of the 27 experienced pains in the arms and hands throughout the week After 6 months using the Backapp products, this was reduced to 1! (see Table 1)

THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS WITH PAIN FREE UPPER BODY INCREASED 8-FOLD

Only 1 of the 27 participants reported no pains in the upper body area using their traditional office chair. After 6 months using the Backapp products, this number was increased to 8.

THE AVERAGE REDUCTION WENT FROM 1.96 TO 1.18

Pain areas include the lumbar area, shoulder, neck head, arms and 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

After 6 months
on Backapp

Change

 

Number

Number

Number

%

Shoulder and neck pain/stiffness

19 10 13

-31,6

Headaches during or after work

11 8 7

-36,4

Lower back pain/stiffness

14 11 11 -21,4

Arm and/or hand pain

9 4 1

8 times

 None of the above (pain score = 0)

 1  5  8  

 

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

  • Lower back pain/stiffness
  • Shoulder and neck pain/stiffness
  • Headaches during or after work
  • Arm and/or hand pains
  • None of the above

 

 

Before the trial

After 6 weeks
on Backapp

After 6 months
on Backapp

Pain score = 0

1 8 10

Pain score = 1

12 8 6

Pain score = 2

4 8 8

Pain score = 3

7 3 2

Pain score = 4

3 0 1

Total

 27 27 27  

Average pain score

1,96

1,22

1,18

Change, %

 

-37,7

-39,6

 

Report from independent third party (Force technology)

See attached report from Force Technology. 

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