A new childcare product designed to improve posture and assist spinal development has been launched by a UK company.
The PosturePadJunior wedge cushion (pictured) from Derby-based Jolly Back Enterprises was developed with support from the Healthcare and Bioscience iNet, which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Designed by physiotherapist Lorna Taylor, the product was launched during National Back Care Awareness Week.
Taylor received an iNet Innovation, Advice and Guidance grant, which enabled her to design and test the wedge cushion prior to commercialisation. She is working on a DVD to train teachers and nursery managers in manual handling and back care.
The same company launched the Jolly Back chair earlier this year, using the same wedge-shaped cushion technology to prevent or reduce back pain. The product has 23 UK distributors and has sold worldwide.
“As a children’s physio, I am concerned at how child development is being adversely affected by current lifestyles,” said Taylor, who noted that correct positioning of babies can “allow core strengthening of the back and neck”.
Taylor described the PosturePadJunior wedge cushion as “a simple means of naturally supporting the spine for comfort and physical development”.
iNet advisor Dr Ros Graves commented: “Lorna has shown incredible resourcefulness by coming up with simple but effective products and bringing them to market so efficiently. The potential impact of all her ideas is enormous so we are delighted to have been able to help.”
The Healthcare and Bioscience iNet is an initiative delivered by Medilink East Midlands that assists companies and inventors in the healthcare sector to develop new technologies, products and services. It brings together firms, academics and public service representatives.