ORCAS Announces Positive Results from Study of FitBack Mobile App for Back Pain Management and Prevention

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Randomized controlled trial found that FitBack, a mobile health intervention developed by ORCAS, improved reported pain, quality of life and prevention behaviors.

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"FitBack addresses both the physical and emotional health issues that often co-exist -- from depression to stress to back pain."

ORCAS (http://www.orcasinc.com), a mobile health research and development company, today announced the results of its study of FitBack, a mobile/web-based intervention that helps users develop a self-tailored management plan, track pain levels and follow proven pain-management strategies. Users of the FitBack mobile app receive messages in videos and in-app text based on job activity type: sitters, standers, drivers and lifters. Wireless integration with FitBit to record activity and content-rich weekly emails drive both app engagement and self-care behavior activation.

ORCAS conducted a 3-group randomized controlled trial with 597 employed adults.

Participants were recruited through four employers (trucking, manufacturing, technology and a corporate headquarters), to account for the most common job-related activities, from sedentary office work to long-haul trucking to jobs requiring lifting. The study found that the FitBack intervention improved reported pain, functionality and quality of life. It also increased understanding and confidence of pain prevention. Iterative upgrades of FitBack will include the addition of engagement-enhancing daily SMS/push notifications, increased personalization, and one-click access to ORCAS’s digital health coaching platform, CoachHub.

"Back pain is among the leading causes of work-related disability and one of the biggest reasons people visit a doctor, " said ORCAS CEO, Michael Mulvihill. "As with our other mobile interventions (MoodHacker, BlipHub, etc.), FitBack addresses both the physical and emotional health issues that often co-exist -- from depression to stress to back pain. The study also showed the value of giving users the ability to personalize FitBack to the daily rhythms and demands of their work and life."

For more information about FitBack, visit: http://www.orcasinc.com/products/fitback/
For the full FitBack study results, visit: http://www.jmir.org/2015/1/e1/


ORCAS is a mobile health research and development company that applies extensive behavioral research to mobile self management interventions that help people manage their health and change their behavior in meaningful ways. The executive management team has extensive experience in the behavioral healthcare industry and ORCAS behavioral scientists have over 20 years of research experience running full clinical trials on web and mobile behavior change interventions.

With the rise of mobile technology and the Health 2.0 movement, ORCAS is poised to provide engaging solutions that create lasting improvements in health and wellness while reducing costs to healthcare organizations, employers, and consumers. For more, visit http://www.orcasinc.com.

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