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PILOT STUDIES

In addition to peer-reviewed studies and other supporting documentation, We recognize the need to publish proven in-field results to provide a “comfort zone” to any company now considering cost-justification. To that end, we have devised a testing protocol (you can use your own) and guarantee a successful result.

 

RESULTS: So far over 900 people have completed the testing, About 65% showed a decrease in work-related back pain, where over half of them dropped two or more level on a 0 – 5 pain scale. 30% stayed the same, most having started at the very low end of the pain scale, and 5% had difficulty wearing them (spinal anomalies).

 

(1)   These companies have completed successful testing (NONE unsuccessful):

Mohawk Carpet         McKee Foods          Air-Vol Block                  HJ Heinz

Dal-Tile                      US Govt’ – SSI                MCM Construction          Johns Manville

Schneider Trucking    Davis Wire               Best Western Hotels         Wabash Alloys

Rockwell Automat’n  Petaluma Poultry      South Wire                       Emanuel Medical Ctr

Best Buy                    Werner Trucking      Outrigger Hotel-Guam     Shawcor Industries

Grocery Warehouse   Amer. Technologies Azteca Landscaping         UHS-Pruitt Nursing Hms

 

(2)   Several companies are now in process, with results expected soon:

Toyata Canada                  Miller Brewing                 Sunrise Medical

Carl’s Jr –                          Shop-Rite                         Pechanga Resort/Casino

Rockwell Collins                       Chiquita Banana              St. Joseph’s Hospital

Honda Recreation              TennesseeValley Auth.    Time Warner Cable

MBM Food Service           San Bernadino Water               Boeing

 

NOTE: In addition to the companies mentioned above, the US Army, in spite of the following two long-held military restrictions has purchased 200 units for a 90-day trial in Afghanistan

(A) Back support should not be considered personal protective equipment (due to the consistent failures of the elastic devices and,

(B)  The military will not allow “in theater” testing of any commercial project, tested 200 inAfghanistan, with fighter pilots and material handlers, for six months. Statistics are being finalized but they report a reduction in INJURY rates of 66%.

 

(3)   Many companies have “committed” to do the testing. A sampling:

Fresenius Medical             Keystone Foods              Midwest Reg’l Hosp

Builders Maintenance       City of San Francisco     United Airlines

City of Chicago                        Lennox Int’l Entergy      Rodendin Electric

United Dairyman of AZ   Sodexho                          BASF

Southwest Airline             Costco                                            

(4) Many insurance companies are “suggesting” that their clients test.

(They work for the client, not for, so their opinion is independent)

 

(5) There has NEVER been a failed test, and results are guaranteed.

 

Are you ready to test in your environment?

 

 

 

=========== TECHNICAL POINTS ==========

A “major” cause of back injuries is poor posture. Lifting may be a proximate cause, but poor posture exacerbates the risk of the underlying activity.)

                “It is estimated that only 4% of back injuries are the result of a single-incident injury”

                        Donajkowski, 1993, Muir, 1994

                “Back disorders and non-neutral trunk postures of automobile assembly workers”

                        Laura Punnett, ScD, Don Chaffin, PhD, et al, demonstrated: “…a strong and                                consistent relationship between occupational exposure to non-neutral truck postures

                (bending, twisting, etc.) and musculoskeletal disorders of the back.”

 

These studies cite the increased risk brought on solely by poor body mechanics. Poor posture during a forceful activity increases the risk and, over a long period of time (repetitive motion), weakens the structure. Poor posture also contributes to back pain and fatigue. End-of-day back pain is symptomatic of poor posture during the day. Postural transitions are habits, and must be corrected at the “behavioral level”. Whereas ergonomic design or administrative controls reduce risk somewhat, they don’t necessarily address or correct the body mechanic portion of the risk.

 

alone has been proven to enhance posture, by changing behavior

                        “Postural Evaluation of a New Back Belt Design” (reprints available)

                                Marvin Dainoff, PhD, Miami of OhioU.

 

The study compared differences in posture when sitting during reaching tasks, while wearingconcluding it “created proprioceptive feedback, warning of the approach of the safe limits of motion”.
Important: The study did not analyze lifting tasks, where the user consciously assesses the risk, and changes in posture are not necessarily attributable to the support device. Without the perceived lifting risk, subjects did not focus on posture (consciously or otherwise), so the results are attributable solely to the back support.

 

Elastic back supports, previously used to prevent lifting injuries, don’t work.

                “A prospective study of back belts for the prevention of back pain and injury

                        James Wassell, PhD, et al, National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH)                           covering 9,000 workers at WalMart (reprints available)

Published in JAMA, no reduction in injury or pain incidence, by wearing an elastic back belt.

 

ERGO:alone does what a back belt should, improve posture, and doesn’t cause harm (muscle atrophy) – the perfect back support

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Elastic belts weaken muscle strength (atrophy),doesn’t.

 

Letter from the AOASM (Academy of Sports Medicine):

“The risk of muscle atrophy is caused by elastic belts doing the work that the muscles would normally be recruited to do. In contrast,, with its non-stretch belt, will stimulate the abdominal muscles by providing resistance. Similarly, with its lumbar pad to promote lordosis, it should stimulate the erector muscles as well.”