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March 3, 2012

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Sit pretty with free smartphone app

Workers who spend long periods at their desks using display screen equipment can now get help and advice to avoid poor posture and musculoskeletal problems from their smartphones.

A free ‘app’ has been developed by Cardinus Risk Management through which iPhone and Android device users can access ergonomic advice and what the company describes as simple and fun stretching exercises .

It says the new ‘Healthworking+’ app is designed to promote well-being and reduce the risk of back, neck and shoulder pain among office workers. Such problems can be avoided by setting up workstations – desks, chairs and computer equipment – correctly, and stretching exercises further promote well-being.

Cardinus says Healthworking+ contains valuable advice about seating and posture, including how to adjust your chair, and correct working heights for desks and computer monitors. The exercise section contains 19 instruction videos, demonstrating a range of stretches designed to keep backs, shoulders, necks, arms and wrists free from injury.

Jon Abbott, managing director – ergonomics and safety at Cardinus Risk Management, said: “Our Healthyworking+ app provides a great way for individuals to stay healthy. All the exercises are demonstrated using videos from our award-winning ergonomics software, Workstation Safety Plus. Each exercise is supported by a written description to ensure you fully understand the stretch before starting it.”

Healthyworking+ is free to download from the Apple AppStore and Android Marketplace – search for Healthyworking+ or Cardinus.

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10 years ago

sound like one to pass on to colleagues

10 years ago

This is a useful App – it helps to highlight important areas of concern and will be a benefit to the H&S Adviser and managers who may sometimes be struggling to get their message across to Display Screen Equipment Users. It will also benefit individuals by reminding them of the important exercises to carry out. A good intiaitive, well done Cardinus!