Too much sitting makes you ill

Our life style today puts too much strain too often on the intervertebral discs. We move too little and sit too much. Even that well-meant bit of sport in our free time in the evenings and at weekends does not always effectively compensate hours of sitting at the desk or in front of a PC. What is missing for the intervertebral discs is the alternation between being loaded and relieved given automatically by movement and thus also their sufficient nourishment. Apart from that, the pressure on the intervertebral discs when sitting is double that when standing. So the discs are loaded not only longer, but also much more on one side only thus leading to them being pressed out. This is all contrary to the nature of the human being as hunter and gatherer and as an animal built for movement.

Backache as public health concern:

Almost 80% of the population of industrial nations suffer from backache.
The backache recurs regularly for every other person.
The majority of back patients are aged between 35 and 55.
Already 35% of the young population (aged 14) have slipped or degenerated intervertebral discs.
The average age of patients with slipped discs: 38.

Backache is bad for the economy.

Backache is the cause of most working days lost due to illness and it thus damages the economy; alone in Germany these costs run to practically €55billion every year. Almost as a logical consequence, the reason for every other application for early retirement is a bad back.

(Source: Prof. Dietrich Grönemeyer, Mein Rückenbuch (My Back Book), published by Verlag Zabert Sandmann, 2004)

Sitting as the cause for backache.

    In the course of a working life we spend about 80,000 hours sitting. Plus sitting in our leisure time, when watching television, driving, playing computer games...
    Office staff spend about 85% of their professional day sitting.
    When you sit up straight there is a pressure of about 90kg on the spine, when you lean forward the load increases to 170 kg.
    One-sided loads lead in the long run to signs of wear and stiffness.
    80% of chronic back pains are due to neglected back muscles.
    Dynamic sitting not only increases your sense of physical well-being, but also improves performance and creativity.




Invented against backache: the swopper.

Whatever backache might mean for the economy, for each individual it means an immense impairment of their well-being, a significant restriction of their mobility and a great loss of their quality of life.

The swopper provides a fundamentally new approach to alleviating and preventing back problems: instead of trying to make incorrect behaviour (lack of movement through rigid sitting) more bearable with new accessories (backrests, supports, corsets), the swopper provides sitting tailored to the human being - with more movement in order to strengthen the back.

The swopper is the first active-dynamic seat in the world that enables sitting in motion in three dimensions. Sitting with a free back on a sprung seat keeps all your muscles active, provides for minimal but effective constant change of posture and in this way not only does your intervertebral discs good, but also your entire organism. Sitting on the swopper therefore makes an active contribution to improved back health and more fitness in the world.

Without invasive operations, without expensive rehabilitation, without medication and without side effects, but with a clearly perceptible wellness effect.