Deliver improved health and productivity by providing balance and stability in an effort to positively and measurably impact human health, productivity and society.
Our (Human) Story
Human Balance and Stability Systems was formed in 2016 by Cathy and Jerry Sitek who also own United Manufacturing Network where they designed the StandRite-Pro for their own use to address the chronic pain and fatigue they experienced from standing. They had tried shoes, sole inserts, stools, frequent breaks and searched for ergonomic solutions with freedom of movement. They were faced with the choice to develop a solution or retire. Within weeks of use, they found increased energy, and reduced pain in standing.
Industry has seen incredible advancement in Lean practices and automation. However, the standing workers are still standing with locked knees the same way our ancestors did. This has resulted in excessive lower back torque and muscular skeletal disorders. Movement is good but when we stop to perform a task, the real risk of fatigue and muscular skeletal disorders appear.
Another instance of debilitating pain is within the medical fields. Surgeons, surgical assistants, nurses and various other caregivers spend long hours standing and performing delicate tasks, often requiring incredible focus. The ability to maintain focus and sustain cognitive thinking, is crucial when human life hangs in the balance. The StandRite-Pro provides comfort so the focus stays on the critical work. Though movement is these is frequent, the risk of MSDs appears at each point they stop to work.
Retail workers face the effects of standing as well. Lifting and reaching while standing to scan products exerts high torque on the lower back. Some retailers have placed small vinyl covered pads at waste level to allow for leaning forward but these provide no posture support. Cashiers and customer service jobs require constant interaction with the customers and this engagement can suffer greatly if the worker is focused solely on relief of pain and fatigue. The retail point of sale industry continues to rate among the highest sectors in employee turnover, costing retailers an average of $3,200 per instance.
Research performed as far back as the 1930’s points to the interaction of the body’s fascia on overall health. But remarkably, fascia research was largely brushed aside for advancements in pharmaceuticals, surgery and other solutions to the “symptoms” of chronic body pain. The fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Fascia research contends that excessive tension in the fascia prevents responsiveness between the nervous system and body which affects the body’s overall function and wellbeing. New research is linking increased inflammation to fascia tension and will soon confirm its benefits on a cellular level.
Meet the Team
Human Balance and Stability Systems is unique in that the Co-Founders are toolmakers. Their 35 years of experience in standing coupled with a hands on engineering approach allows them to utilize a wider perspective in identifying problems and solutions. In developing the StandRite-Pro, the founders were not focused on any one discipline, but rather applied the previous work by various disciplines collectively, uniting that research to determine the main causes of pain and fatigue in standing.
Research / Product Development
Marketing and Education
Cathy started working in her fathers grinding shop at 15 years old. Having owned and operated United Gage earlier in her career, Cathy has been no stranger to solving complicated problems to build world class fixtures and tooling. Cathy’s intuition, experience and determination has cemented the HBS Systems mission.
Product Development / Supply Chain
Jerry began his career as a building tradesman, and would go on to build a career in management and estimation in the industrial mechanical contracting field. His practical approach, ability to converse across disciplines and 35 years of real workplace experience, provides a firm foundation for leading HBS Systems in delivering a global solution.
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