Back pains are something more and more people struggle with. Spending too much time at a desk, sitting in a chair that is bad for our posture, gives birth to these aches that can only intensify with age. Exercises, ergonomic furniture and reminders to stand from our desks and move around are a good way to fight these back pains. In terms of exercise, a Swiss firm called Hocoma came up with Valedo, a system that turns exercising into a video game.
Valedo was created for people who are already fighting back problems. Made of a set of sensors and paired with an app ( either Android or iOS app ), the system helps you fight and reduce back pains. The sensors are attached to certain points on the user’s back with the tape of the system. The sensors feature a 3D gyroscope, an accelerometer and a magnetometer. All these sensors track the movement of the back during the exercises conducted by the app.
The app looks like many classic video games where you need to clear levels to advance. However, behind the scenes Valedo comes with 45 exercises that are divided by muscle group and orientation. These exercises can be done laying down, sitting, and standing. If the pain is really bad, you can start easy and slowly make your way to more advanced exercises.
Product manager Robert MacKenzie said that 10-15 minutes per day for about two weeks are enough to show a visible decline of the back pains. Moreover, by combining these exercises with a fun interface, the user is even more motivated to do them even if the back aches dull considerably. The product has been tested in Switzerland where it has been available since June 2014. It has recently been launched in the United States as well, but can only be purchased through the Valedo website. Its price is $359.
What do you think of Valedo?