The solution in the fight against back pain and sedentary behaviour

Effect on back complaints


In 2013 research has been done into the degree of discomfort of people with low back complaints. For this research participants have performed computer work (typing) for one hour straight on both a Backapp chair and a traditional office chair. Sitting on the Backapp chair they experienced significantly less pain and discomfort in comparison too sitting on a standard office chair.

"Specific flexion-related low back pain and sitting: comparison of seated discomfort on two different chairs" Mary O'Keeffe, Wim Dankaerts, Peter O'Sullivan, Leonard O'Sullivan & Kieran O'Sullivan 2013.

Results Backapp fieldtrial Finland 2017



A field trial was carried out in Helsinki, Finland in 2017 with Backapp chairs. For the duration of 6 months, employees were provided with a Backapp balance chair, a Backapp 360 Balance board and sit-stand desk. The results were very positief



of the respondents experienced less back pain


of the users experienced less neck and shoulder pain


of the users experience less headache


of the participants experienced an increase in productivity

It’s easier to sit up straight


Two studies have been carried out, in which the effort was examined involved in adopting a neutral sitting position on a chair without a backrest. This study concluded that that it costs less effort and is easier to maintain an up straight position on a Backapp chair in comparison to an office chair without a backrest. The outer stability muscles are less active when sitting on the Backapp chair. Flexion in the lumbar spine was significantly reduced, as was the activity of one of the most important muscles around the lumbar spine.

"Can we reduce the effort of maintaining a neutral sitting posture? A pilot study". Kieran O'Sullivan, Raymond McCarthy, Alison White, Leonard O'Sullivan & Wim Dankaerts 2012.

"Lumbar posture and trunk muscle activation during a typing task when sitting on a novel dynamic ergonomic chair". Kieran O'Sullivan, Raymond McCarthy, Alison White, Leonard O'Sullivan & Wim Dankaerts 2012.


Report user survey March 27, 2009



Backapp conducted a user survey in 2009 based on a sent survey. Based on 278 users, the following results emerged:


of the people who used a Backapp chair at work even bought a second Backapp for home use


of the users experienced remarkably positive health effects


of the users mentioned they would recommend Backapp to others

Energy consumption


Research has been done into the energy consumption while sitting on a Backapp chair, compared to a traditional office chair. The average energy consumption on a Backapp increased significantly by no less than 19%. The metabolic equivalent of task; MET (the rate at which a person expends energy during certain tasks) is also more comparable to standing than to sitting, especially when the user is balancing on the Magic Ball. This results in a drastic reduction in the risks associated with sedentary behavior. When you sit on a Backapp for 230 days, 8 hours a day you burn 27,600 calories more than sitting on a traditional office chair. 27,600 calories equals ± 4 kg of body fat.

"The effect of a novel dynamic chair on seated energy expenditure."Aofie Synnot, Wim Dankaerts, Kieran O`Sullivan