The Problem

Americans seldom realize the work that goes into creating their convenient, modern lifestyle. Something as simple as buying produce at your local grocer requires planting, nurturing, harvesting, sorting, shipping and stocking – all difficult labor. Back-breaking labor.

These repetitive and strenuous jobs enable Americans to enjoy the high quality of life that they do – but often at the cost of the worker’s health.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back injuries are the number one most reported injury across all industries, and it’s a serious problem that is impacting thousands of workers every year.

“In 2016, musculoskeletal disorders involving the back accounted for 38.5% of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders”

– bureau of labor statistics

154,190 workplace back injuries were reported across all industries in 2016

Source – bureau of labor statistics

health services, transportation + warehousing, manufacturing services, and construction services combined accounted for 54% of all back injuries.

Source – bureau of labor statistics

So what causes back pain?

While it’s nearly impossible to cover all the causes of back pain, we know that back pain caused at work is generally associated with repetitive motion activities.

Muscle imbalances from repetitive motion

The repetitive motion in our day-to-day life – whether lifting, carrying, reaching, or sitting for extended periods of time – lead to some muscles being stronger than their counterparts, resulting in a muscular imbalance. These imbalances impact posture and cause smaller muscles to bare heavy loads – often resulting in strains, tears, or worse.

Who is at risk?

Repetitive motion laborers

Anyone whose job requires repetitive motion – especially lifting, twisting, or reaching – has likely developed a muscular imbalance that is affecting their posture. Improper posture greatly increases the risk of a back injury.

Who is at risk?

Repetitive motion laborers

Anyone whose job requires repetitive motion – especially lifting, twisting, or reaching – has likely developed a muscular imbalance that is affecting their posture. Improper posture greatly increases the risk of a back injury.

Who is at risk?

Repetitive motion laborers

Anyone whose job requires repetitive motion – especially lifting, twisting, or reaching – has likely developed a muscular imbalance that is affecting their posture. Improper posture greatly increases the risk of a back injury.

What can be done?

Improving posture during repetitive motion activities

Maintaining a neutral spine alignment (the natural position of the spine) will encourage the weight to be accepted by larger muscles that can handle the heavy loads. Redistributing lifting, twisting, or reaching weight to stronger, larger muscles will reduce the likelihood of injury.

Introducing Dorsum

Northwest Inspired, Globally Focused.

Our story starts in the Pacific Northwest where Wild Land Firefighters of the Columbia River Gorge inspired our mission to solve lower back pain – and exposed a global problem worth solving.

The Dorsum story

Our Focus

Dorsum is devoted to improving the life of the American workforce by protecting them from injury. Our vision is a world free from back pain, and we are focused on creating products that promote core health to achieve that.

Our Commitment

Dorsum is committed to creating purposeful and dependable products that adapt to user needs and are intuitive in their design.

We are committed to empowering you to build your dreams.

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