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THE BACKTONE STORY
As is the case for many practitioners, Lorraine observed again and again the severe impact of poor posture across a wide range of patients and scenarios. It was during her time in worksites, after a string of failed attempts at improving her patients’ posture using education, verbal and visual cues, that she realised the source of the problem. Her patients slouched as soon as their attention returned to their work. Their posture was therefore a habit, and not something they were or could possibly be conscious of at all times. They needed something that would watch their posture in her absence, and remind them to straighten up while their attention was directed at their tasks.
In 2002 she developed the first BackTone out of a Tic Tac box and a singing happy birthday card. The concept was simple. The patient was to wear the device over their clothing like a very small back pack while they worked and were not thinking about their posture. As soon as they slouched, it sang happy birthday at them, and wouldn’t stop until they adopted upright neutral posture. The results were better than Lorraine could have hoped for. The device changed her patients habit, and not just while conducting the target activity, but their new upright posture became their regular stance.
The feedback she received and the subsequent case studies she conducted inspired her to upgrade to a purpose built and designed product. BackTone now beeps or vibrates instead of sings, and is distributed internationally. It is used by computer users, athletes, physios, teenagers, artists, ice skaters, golfers, swimmers, musicians, singers and occupational therapists the world over.