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Lumbia assesses and helps treat lower back pain


April 23, 2013

The Lumbia device in use

The Lumbia device in use

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While lower back pain can have a variety of causes, poor posture is one of the most common culprits. Already there are a number of wearable devices available – such as the Lumoback and iPosture pendant – that detect when the user’s posture is improper, and alert them to the situation so they can correct it. The new Lumbia is one other product that performs this service, although it also provides data to therapists to assist in the treatment of back problems.

Lumbia looks quite a bit like a conventional back brace, although it contains a series of sensors and activators that make direct contact with key areas of the patient’s lumbar region. Specifically, it monitors their oblique, latissimus dorsi and extensor spinae muscles.

In an assessment session, a patient wearing the Lumbia will perform several exercises, while data is wirelessly transmitted from the device to the therapist’s PC. If the patient uses the wrong muscle groups for certain movements, the actuator(s) in that area will let them know instantly by vibrating.

Additionally, an onscreen display will notify the therapist of the nature of the problem. By knowing exactly what the patient is doing wrong, the therapist can then precisely advise them in what to do differently, then watch to see if their advice works.

Lumbia was developed through a partnership between Spanish research center Tecnalia, the FIK initiative and Italy’s BTS Bioengineering. It should be available for use by specialists next year.

It can be seen in use in the video below.

Source: Tecnalia

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

Mass produce & test in VA hospitals & for every Physical Therapy office nationwide. Must have & for Home use. Id wear one to solve my lower back issues.

Stephen Russell

Amazing product. I believe that we all need this to prevent from doing movements or postures that can cause back pains. Our suffering is mostly due to our improper approach on handling ourselves. We have to start doing something because we are the ones who can benefit from it after all.

Jacob Wadsworth

Preventative measures are always best.

Mark A

Surely this product appears to be trendy yet very efficient since it can determined the person who wears it had a bad posture and provide some results to the person who wear it and to its physician who will have the easiest way to find any method to treat ones patient back problem that I believe makes the physician or therapist job a lot easier in some point…

Edea Krammer
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