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Improving posture with Postureminder

Postureminder's award-winning software is based on a simple idea: we all know, or can quickly be taught, how we should sit when using a computer.

But when you're concentrating on the computer your posture isn't at the forefront of your mind. The inevitable happens - you start leaning forwards, or slouching, or sitting for too long without taking a break.

Improving your posture and computer habits is difficult but vital to reduce your risk of developing back pain, neck pain, RSI, eye fatigue and headaches.

These painful conditions can strike at any age, but are more common as you get older and the cumulative effect of years of poor posture and sedentary working catch up with you. The sooner you improve your posture and working habits, the better for the future of your spine and health.

Such musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can make life miserable and affect your productivity. In extreme cases they can become so serious that they limit your ability to work.

For employers, sickness absence is just the tip of the iceberg - for every employee who takes sick leave with back pain, studies suggest up to 17 suffer in silence - but that doesn't mean they are working effectively through their pain!

Postureminder's intelligent posture reminders

Postureminder is the world's first intelligent posture reminder software. Since 2005 we've been helping computer users to improve their posture and adopt healthier working habits on a daily basis.

Our key innovation is to use a webcam to continually check your posture and provide a friendly reminder whenever you sit badly for an extended period.

The webcam is placed in the usual position at the top of your screen (or Postureminder uses a built-in webcam if your laptop or monitor has one). From there, it is used to estimate your posture every few seconds and detect whenever you sit in a damaging posture or remain static for a long period.

No images are stored or sent anywhere - the software simply analyses each image to estimate your posture then instantly deletes it.

Over time you'll find you get fewer reminders as your posture habits improve. How quickly reminders appear is up to you - if you're currently suffering back pain you can set them to appear quickly, but if you're using Postureminder to avoid problems in the future you can reduce how fast you get reminded.

You can still benefit from Postureminder's other features without a webcam. However, to receive targeted posture reminders when you sit badly, you'll need one. Webcams retail from as little as £10, and are built into many modern laptops.

Your complete toolkit for good posture and healthy working

Postureminder provides a complete toolkit for healthier computer use:

  • Break reminders. Taking regular short breaks has been proven to reduce fatigue and improve productivity
  • Micro-break reminders. Taking a moment to relax your eyes and body, and think about your posture, reduces eye fatigue and improves concentration
  • Hydration diary. Keep track of what you drink during the working day and get advice to help you stay hydrated and on top of your game
  • Stretch exercises. Follow simple video stretch exercises during breaks if you want to actively relieve muscle tension and fatigue
  • Ergonomic training. Built-in display screen equipment (DSE) training and self-assessment suitable for SMEs to meet their responsibilities under the UK Display Screen Equipment Regulations, or for home users to set up their workstation. For larger organisations we can supply a cost-effective online DSE training and assessment solution

All of these tools are flexible - they can be turned on or off as needed and settings changed to meet individual users' needs and working style. If your needs change for any reason, simply adjust your settings in moments. If more than one person uses the computer, Postureminder keeps individual settings in each Windows login profile so all users can benefit from Postureminder.

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
"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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