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EXOSKELETONS, Innovative solutions for lower back pain

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The 5th European Survey on Work Conditions revealed that 30% of European workers suffer from chronic lower back pain, and it is the most common work related disorder.

Work, stress, bad posture, lack of sleep and our life style in general has left its mark on our spinal column, causing well-known back problems. This leads to continuous pain that has become one of the main causes of absenteeism.

An exoskeleton is a portable device that generates extra energy for carrying out physical tasks.

The use of exoskeletons to prevent lower back pain is recommended when other preventative measures are not effective or when the tasks are changing.

This device allows both for the reduction and prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses caused by physical effort, and at the same time the exoskeletons are able to improve the worker’s quality of life.

The Laevo Exoskeletons were originally designed to help nurses in hospitals and they are currently used by people who have to work in forced postures in sectors such as automotives and aeronautics.

The biggest breakthrough for the Laevo is the affect that it has on the person wearing it: offering support when the worker bends forward in the chest zone of the exoskeleton as this force is then transferred to the back part of the legs. The device does not need batteries given that it is a 100% mechanical system meaning therefore that it is very easy to use in any work environment.

It is very flexible and the consequences of its usage are not only physical but also mental given that clients become more conscientious about their posture and are thus able to work towards improving it themselves.

This new system will be presented in A+A 2017, the most important trade fair on the prevention of occupational risks which will take place in Düsseldorf (Germany) from the 17th to the 20th of October 2017.

• Back problems are the most important physical reason for absenteeism.

• Exoskeletons allow for the reduction and prevention both of workplace illnesses and injuries caused by physical effort.

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