3 ways IT helps spine care, research
September 13, 2013 in Medical Technology
“Sit up straight!” Mom said more than once, and while it was always tempting to shrug it off as just an excuse to correct something else, it seems she may have had a point.
Speaking about a new posture monitoring product from her company, LUMO BodyTech, co-founder Monisha Perkash recently pointed out that “Posture is scientifically correlated with back pain, which is a $50 billion a year problem. It’s the second most common reason why people go to the doctor, outstripped only by the common cold.”
To help address bad posture and the myriad ailments that can result from it, LUMO released LUMOback, a belt and sensor app that, to a certain extent, tells the wearer exactly what Mom told him, but a whole lot more, as well.
“We can measure, track, quantify and understand things about your body, your biomechanics and your behavior that we previously couldn’t,” Perkash said.
Indeed, while the LUMOback app is currently the company’s primary focus, co-founder and technology chief Andrew Chang explained that the company’s overarching goal is “to quantify movement to the highest resolution.”
For purposes of improving a customer’s posture, the app’s built-in sensor measures all of the customer’s movements, whether walking, standing, lying down, or sitting. Those measurements are then calibrated to determine a biomechanical model of what constitutes “normal” for the customer, and from there the improvements can be made.
According to Chang and Perkash, the capacity to measure movement to such detail has a range of applications beyond getting people to sit up straight.