UpRight is a discreet device that passively trains you to stand and sit upright. It comfortably attaches to your lower back and gently vibrates when you slouch reminding you to correct your posture. By providing reminders to sit up straight, the device hopes to be a daily reminder of the importance of a straight spine. The company originally raised funds on Indiegogo in late 2015, more than doubling its goal of $70,000.
Back pain affects over 80% of the world’s population at some point during their lives. The pain is not usually linked to any life-threatening conditions, but its effect can be debilitating and distressing. This is the leading cause of disability in people under the age of 45. Statistics show that more back pain results from bad posture as opposed to illness or injury.
The back is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture disks, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to complications. While sports injuries or accidents can be a cause, sometimes the simplest of movements such as picking up a pencil from the floor can have painful results. In addition, arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress can cause or complicate back pain.
UpRight is a small, comfortable and discreet device that attaches to your lower back with a hypoallergenic adhesive. The device constantly monitors your posture via multiple sensors, and gently vibrates to alert you to correct your body alignment the moment you start to slouch. This essentially helps to gradually mend bad postural habits, which can ultimately help to prevent back pain.
The accompanying app provides a personalized training program which requires you to train for a limited amount of time. You start off by using it for 15 minutes per day, and as your back muscles strenthen, gradually lengthen the time of your training sesssions. The app provides you with a variety of training programs to improve the spinal strength and to encourage better postural habits. It also records and stores posture analytics related to your daily activities using its three fundamental elements: an accelerometer, multi sensors and an advanced algorithm. There is a social element to the app as well.
The creator and founder of UpRight, Oded Cohen, said: ‘The idea for UpRight came many years back as I wanted to assist my mum with her slouching habit.
‘Unfortunately, I waited too long. In the past year my mum has been suffering from lower back pain and now needs regular pain relief medications.’
Correct posture is important. It results in physical health benefits and helps you feel more confident. Research shows that good posture releases hormones that positively influence your overall wellbeing in a similar manner to smiling and laughing.