It seems that American engineers have designed underwear whose function is to reduce muscle fatigue and consequently also lower back pain. This might be great news for those who are suffering from this issue which seems to be on the rise in the last decades due to modern lifestyle.
Obviously, there are plenty of solutions for back pain being marketed today, however, the issues that most of them have is that they either don’t work, do not have enough scientific evidence that they do work or are just simply impractical or visually unappealing.
Aaron Yang from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, US commented on this saying: “People are often trying to capitalize on a huge societal problem with devices that are unproven or unviable. This smart clothing concept is different. I see a lot of health care workers or other professionals with jobs that require standing or leaning for long periods. Smart clothing may help offload some of those forces and reduce muscle fatigue.”
The underwear in question is made out of several different fabrics; nylon canvas, Lycra, polyester and other materials and are made for chest and legs. The different parts are connected with rubberized pieces who help it stays in place.
The underwear is also designed in a way that it ‘works’ only when the wearer actually needs it. There are certain actions that the user does, like tapping the shirt, to engage the straps, or to disengage them when the user needs to sit down. When not ‘in action’ the clothes feel and functions as normal, everyday piece of clothing.
The interesting thing is that it can also be controlled by an app which allows for wireless control via Bluetooth. The important thing to highlight is that the aim of this technology is not to treat back pain in those people who are already suffering from it, but to prevent the occurrence of back pain altogether by reducing stress and fatigue, according to Yang.