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Ergonomics

Ergonomics is concerned with the ‘fit’ between the user, equipment and their environment.

Ergonomic design is intended to help protect and improve health and productivity.  Good ergonomic design in the workplace is vital to minimise the risk of injuries such as back pain and RSI, frustration and stress, and associated costs due to sick leave and poor productivity.

Ergonomic design on its own can't solve all problems.  The greatest ergonomic chair in the world, allied with a sit-stand desk and ergonomic keyboard and mouse, are pointless expenses if their user isn't fully informed and motivated to use them correctly.

Too often ergonomic furniture and aids are seen as a quick and easy solution to someone suffering back pain, RSI or other health problems.  The result: an expensive ergonomic chair and workstation set-up being used by someone sitting in their same old posture, and adopting the same old working patterns, that caused their problem in the first place!

Postureminder helps computer users break out of those old habits and make lasting improvements to how they work.  It can be used to help users make best use of their chair, set up their workstation for safe and healthy working, and adopt working patterns that will protect their health AND improve their productivity. 

It's a win-win solution that can save employees from unnecessary pain and discomfort, and employers from wasting money on ergonomic furniture and equipment that's not being used properly.

Request a free 30-day trial, or visit our online shop to buy Postureminder now, or contact us to request a quote for your organisation.

What our users say...

 

Helen Killeen, Business Manager, Glaitness School, Orkney:
"I am impressed both as an employee and a manager with Postureminder. It helped me personally to adopt and sustain good habits when keyboarding. As a manager, the fact that employees receive integrated ergonomic training and self-assessment report as part of the software package means it is great value too!"

David Brewerton, Programmer and posture blogger at www.computer-posture.co.uk:
"There are other software packages available but PostureMinder is the best Iíve seen and after two weeks Iím convinced that it is actually improving my posture and easing my pain problems"

Aaron Gammon, Professional Musician:
"Postureminder continues to help me improve my sitting position both during my day-to-day computer use, and during my regular practise as a percussionist. Used intelligently, in my case in conjunction with other techniques, Postureminder has proven itself to be an invaluable tool in my ongoing efforts to improve my posture, health, and well-being. Initial use of the software was quite an eye-opener for me! Although I felt that I was very aware of my own back problems, I was extremely surprised to what degree the posture I unconsciously felt was 'correct' actually was out of alignment. I am grateful that this intelligent software exists, has been developed and is maintained, and cannot recommend it highly enough. "

Andy Woods, PhD (Trinity College Dublin):
"Postureminder's gentle reminders to sit up straight are great - I am a psychologist and recognize that consistent unobtrusive feedback is essential in making any such change in your life. Thank you PostureMinder for improving my posture :-)"

Margaret Chou, Marketing Administrator, Lamri Ltd:
"I bought Postureminder 18 months ago and it's made a significant improvement to my working style. I spend a large proportion of the day at my desk but with Postureminder I donít end up hunched over my mouse exacerbating my shoulder problem. This is the next best thing to having my chiropractor sitting next to me and a whole lot cheaper"

Aaron Gerstonkorn, Muniworks, US:
"Really love your product, it has really kept me in the right position and helped reduce eye strain with the micro breaks"

Tim, Business Recovery Partner, leading UK accountancy firm:
"Better habits are ensuing...It's certainly helped me"

Sue, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant:
"It proved very useful in identifying when I was not sitting correctly. It helped me to improve my posture a lot. Iíd definitely recommend it to computer users, especially those with existing musculoskeletal disorders"

Liz, Software Tester, Manchester:
"I'd been having back problems for three or four years and even had to take time off work when it got too bad. I've also had physio to try to help alleviate the pain. Since I started using Postureminder my back pain has definitely improved"

Diane Kermode, MD of Beechwood Occupational Health Ltd:
"Postureminder is a good, uncomplicated product which acts as a safeguard for businesses to use to protect and educate employees. It will be very useful for those with pre-existing postural or musculoskeletal problems"

David Nesbitt, Private Chartered Physiotherapist, Whetstone, North London:
"As a physio I have found Postureminder really complemented the advice I have been giving my patients regarding posture and their working environment. A great concept, very user friendly and an essential tool for all computer-based workers"

PC Advisor magazine review:
"Postureminder is ideal for those concerned about how they sit now, or want to prevent problems in later life. The sooner you can start sitting right the better."

Michael van Straten, Health Journalist of the Year:
"Backache is one of the most common reasons for lost days at work and it's also a frequent problem for young children. Latest research shows that long periods at a computer can cause backache, pain in the neck, headaches and RSI...Around 32% of us sits for 10 or more hours each day, slouching in front of PCs and TVs. This bad posture is the trigger for back pain. [This] award-winning system will change how we all sit at computers. PostureMinder is new software that watches while you work. It sends webcam messages if you slouch, shows how to set up workstations and tells when you need a break"

Leading Physiotherapist Christopher M. Norris MSc MCSP MBAcC:
"Norris Associates have been providing occupational health services to bluechip industries in the Northwest for over 20 years now. During that time we have worked with clients such as Jaguar, Shell, Kelloggs. One of the factors which is the source of many painful conditions in office workers is prolonged sitting at a computer. This constant low level stress causes muscle fatigue, neck and shoulder pain, and back conditions. To combat this type of occupational stress our physiotherapists often recommend taking regular breaks and performing simple stretching exercises to prevent accumulated stress in the body tissues. Well, now we have found an excellent software program which encourages users to do just these things"

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