Accupressure Back Support
The Iowa Spine Research Center of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Iowa and patent co-applicant Chase Ergonomics, Inc. of Albuquerque, New Mexico have collaborated on the development of the ACCUPRESSURE™ Back Support.
The breakthrough discovery used in creating this support is a new understanding of how the human body reacts to sudden, unexpected events (accidents) which result in applied loading (stress) to the lumbar spine. One study has shown that, during such events, the strong back muscles can over contract by as much as 70%. This over contraction is often the hazard that triggers back injury.The ACCUPRESSURE Back Support reduces this excess exertion by up to 46%. In addition, the Iowa studies documented less fatigue in subjects wearing the Accupressure back support.
Speaking for the University, Senior Scientist David G. Wilder, PhD, said “We are excited about the opportunity to finally understand some of the aspects of the way these devices (elastic back supports) work and how they can benefit the spine of the wearer.”