SOURCE: Evidence Based Apparel

Evidence Based Apparel

July 10, 2012 07:42 ET

Pioneering Research Shows the EBA Posture Garment® Helps Occupational Computer Users Sit Up Straight and Breathe Easier

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 10, 2012) - Evidence Based Apparel™ (EBA™), a technology and research firm in Orange County, California that develops garments and devices to assist human posture, today released the results of a groundbreaking study conducted among occupational computer users. The research, co-written with the USC Keck School of Medicine, aimed to determine the short and long-term effects of wearing a bioengineered anatomy garment during prolonged computer use. The study was conducted with 95 employees at Colorado Springs Utilities (Colorado Springs, CO) during a period of four weeks and measured key wellness variables.

"Repetitive motions and prolonged sitting come with excessive computer use, and this can bring on muscle imbalances that cause fatigue and injury," said Bill Schultz, CEO and founder of EBA. "The EBA Posture Garment® performs similar to lenses used to correct poor vision -- they use variable tension panels as biomechanical aids and neurobiological feedback assistance to help re-balance muscles and joints." 

The ergonomic research study found that participants' posture improved immediately and over the 30-day study period. The Posture Garment® instantly improved the test subject's shoulder and head posture scores by 3.2 and 1.6 percent[i], respectively. By the end of the fourth week of the study, shoulder position shifted posterior one centimeter (.4 inches) and head position was raised by 2.5 degrees. 

The study also showed the Posture Garment® improved lung function by 5 L/min, which is comparable to the effect of some asthma medications. Additionally, the garments increased grip strength by 3.8 percent immediately, and by 5.4 percent at the end of the study (equal to 5.4 lbs. of additional hand power).

Participants improved sitting position, and decreased roundback (thoracic kyphosis) an average of 2 degrees. User compliance was high and self-assessment scores were increased as high as 28%. 

"Research at EBA started over seven years ago with the assistance of an elite medical advisory panel who believed that a cost-effective balancing garment could help human movement and be validated by clinical research findings," said Tina Rippy, RN, Director of Product Research and Development at EBA. "This study validates that effective ergonomic products must be as close to the body as possible, and conform to it -- and not vice versa."

The patented Posture Garment® technology incorporates specific panels of fabrics and fibers called Neurobands™ that are sewn together using an elastic Muscleweave™ seam. The anatomic arrangement of Neurobands and Muscleweave stimulates neurologic activity while applying tensile support to muscles and tendons. Alignment is improved when sensory receptors in the muscles send messages to the spinal cord to increase postural awareness. The consistent postural cues eventually can have a long-lasting effect on posture and fatigue management. 

The full study and its findings are available upon request. 

About EBA and Its Posture Garments
Evidence Based Apparel develops garments that incorporate patented, groundbreaking technology clinically validated to stimulate the user's muscle mechanics and neurobiology for fatigue reduction and the prevention of injury. The company is committed to understanding the interactions of multiple biological responses in the human body and to integrate them into apparel and other devices that are comfortable, attractive and easy to use. For more information about EBA and its high-tech garments, please visit www.eblife.com. Follow on Facebook, facebook.com/EvidenceBasedApparel, and Twitter, twitter.com/EB_Apparel.

[i] All percentages represent averages among all participants.

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