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Press conference for the premiere of the sturfer

Wednesday 26.10.2022
Cologne – Congress-Centrum Koelnmesse, Room D
10:00
OPEN TO ALL PRESS REPRESENTATIVES – also for media not accredited to Orgatec

Contact person:
Natasha Koschnik
+4986545899671
natascha.koschnik@sturfer.com

Livestream of the premiere of the sturfer

Wednesday 26.10.2022 from 9.40
The link will be here.

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Sturfer

Credits: Sturfer GmbH, Visus Studios

Credits: Sturfer GmbH, Visus Studios

Credits: Sturfer GmbH, Visus Studios

Credits: Sturfer GmbH, Visus Studios

Credits: Sturfer GmbH, Visus Studios

Credits: Sturfer GmbH, Visus Studios

Credits: Sturfer GmbH, Visus Studios

Credits: Sturfer GmbH, Visus Studios

Team & Founder

Dr. Christian Behrendt, Credits: Helge Kirchberger

The new lightness in the back
The Sturfer brings a completely new working posture for back health into the modern working world

The Sturfer – definitely an eye-catcher – an exciting combination of office chair and standing aid – does not correspond to any known furniture or seating device. And this is exactly the core: The innovative sturfer is something completely new!

The sturfer was developed by Dr. Christian Behrendt. The specialist in orthopedics and trauma surgery has spent many years researching and setting up an interdisciplinary team to combat a vexing issue: back pain and its consequential damage. The Sturfer combines orthopedic expertise with sophisticated mechanics and innovative technology. It thus brings together two worlds: that of health care and that of desk work.

The name already reflects the claim that Dr. Christian Behrendt and his team pursue: It is the combination of the English terms “sit” for sitting, “stand” for standing and “surf” for working online: Sturfer.

Huge potential for employers
The Sturfer brings back health into the modern working world. With around 32 million office jobs in Germany, the potential is huge and could strengthen Germany as a business location in innovative ways. “Back and neck pain are among the most common reasons for sick leave in the office sector. Employers who take action here regain production capacity and performance,” says the orthopedist.

Humans are not made to sit in chairs. Yet we sit for several hours a day from the first day of school.” This continues through vocational training, college and normal office life. This incorrect posture over decades can not only lead to chronic back injuries, but also permanently restrict the entire musculoskeletal system and promote secondary damage. “The numbers speak for themselves,” says the expert: “The prevention potential of musculoskeletal disorders to which these postural defects lead amounts to more than 18 billion in costs.

Crux hip flexor
The main cause of back pain revealed by incorrect posture is shortening of the hip flexor. This strong muscle connects the thigh and spine. When sitting permanently, it is compressed, and when standing for long periods of time, it pulls the spine down, creating a hollow back and squeezing the intervertebral discs. A backward stretch alone provides relief and stabilizes the pelvic area in the long term.
“All sitting and standing variations do not solve the shortening of the hip flexor muscle as a back pain generator,” Dr. Christian Behrendt sums it up. For him, the developer, and his team, it is therefore “about time that we not only think about healthier work at the desk, but act”.

The solution is within reach
The Sturfer is both: a modern office chair on casters with all the sensible features expected of a first-class piece of work equipment. After a few simple steps, the Sturfer becomes a health-oriented standing aid that guides the hip flexor into a slight stretch without compromising work performance. Thus, working time with a sturfer additionally becomes anti-back pain therapy.
As an orthopedic surgeon, he recommends patients do stretching exercises every day. Ten to 15 minutes is usually enough. “Unfortunately, our convenience very often throws a spanner in the works,” he knows from his own experience. “So I’ve been looking for a way to integrate these exercises into the office routine – not as a break or interruption, but actually into the workflow.” He has found this way. The Sturfer combines innovative health care with everyday office life and creates added value of a special kind.

Quotes to install:

“Movement is misunderstood. Instead of moving the very mobile spine, it is often just carried around on two legs.”
“We’ve ended the era of sitting, and we haven’t done away with sitting after all.”
Christian Behrendt, MD

Hybrid sit-stand technology as a new option against back pain
The STURFER realizes hybrid seating technology by converting conventional seating into sturf mode. This enables a completely new type of body positioning based on the latest orthopedic research into the causes of back pain. The Sturf mode was developed according to the principle of design follows function, using knowledge about the biomechanics of the body. The result is a uniquely comfortable sit-stand position can be achieved while working at a desk. Thus, the sturfing position at the desk can be compared to the lightness of our body while surfing. It solves the problems of back pain without effort during the working process, eliminates their causes and even reverses them. Exercises are no longer required. The STURFER is a new, unique, globally patented lifestyle product for use at the office workstation, in the home office or while gaming. At the same time, the posture is permanently strengthened and improved. The Sturfer is also high quality fully certified office swivel chair. ‘Sturfen’ describes the new posture for digital work and is an artificial word made up of sitting, standing and surfing.

Start-up from Bavaria eliminates causes of back pain with hybrid seating technology through tumbling

Press conference Cologne – Congress-Centrum Kölnmesse Wednesday 26.10.2022 10.00 am Room D – open for all media representatives – Livestream

Cologne/Freilassing, 19.10.2022 – An unprecedented working position is offered by the new lifestyle product Sturfer. This is designed to eliminate the need for back exercises.

The novel seating and standing solution will be presented to the public at Orgatec 2022 in Cologne: The Sturfer offers a unique hybrid seating technology. In addition to conventional sitting, a completely new health-promoting and therapy-supplementing working position has been integrated for the first time, thus representing a world first for musculoskeletal disorders in several respects.

Vision of freedom from pain without effort becomes reality

Founder Dr. Christian Behrendt is an orthopedic surgeon who, together with his team, aims to eliminate long-term health risks and back pain caused by sitting without tedious training. This makes a sustainable contribution to the creation of a healthy working environment.

To end the damage of years of sitting, intelligent health design was developed according to the principle of form follows function with therapeutic potential based on the latest orthopedic research and the biomechanics of the body. After a 4-year development process, the Sturfer features several notable innovative achievements. Patent pending worldwide, the Sturfer achieved a place among the top three German inventions of the Falling Walls Summit 2022.

About the background, Dr. Behrendt explains, “Our team’s vision was to give people back their freedom of movement, which had been restricted by years of sitting, and to do so effortlessly and extremely comfortably. Comparable to the physical freedom of surfing, people should be enabled to use their musculoskeletal system to the full extent again while surfing online and working at a desk.” Thus, the neologism sturfer from stand-sit-surf is self-explanatory.

Hybrid seat technology

The Sturfer is the first product with hybrid seating technology that converts from a conventional sitting position to a sturfer mode for height-adjustable desks through simple operation. Motion kinematics offers a unique approach to tomorrow’s work and health needs via hybrid functionality. 19 stretching positions can be taken at full capacity.

Body workout without investing strength and time

The throwing position passively stimulates the body to an active physical workout without consuming strength and time resources. Intelligent and shaping design brings the hip flexor (psoas) muscle into an easy stretch position without physical effort. The litter mode has individual settings from beginner to advanced user. This eliminates the need for tedious training. In the workflow of everyday life, tumbling can be actively used as a compensation, prevention or therapy option against back pain and seat damage.

Sturfen is the new working position for bar tables

Using hybrid seating technology, the Sturfer realizes for the first time a reasonable solution for height-adjustable tables by providing a unique, upright, forward-facing working position.

Implementation of corporate health for every employer

For employers, the Sturfer represents a new and cost-effective potential of corporate health against back pain and health damage caused by years of sitting of their employees, as the health-promoting Sturfer position at the office or home office workplace can be continuously integrated into the workflows of the daily work routine without further costs.

Manufacturing in Europe

When it comes to production, the company relies on quality from the EU: the Sturfer is manufactured exclusively in Europe in order to make the supply routes and logistics chains sustainable right from the start. The Sturfer can be sold on the world market as it complies with all applicable standards and test specifications for an office swivel chair.

Children’s and youth model Sturfolino available soon

In addition to the Sturfer for adults, a prototype for the Sturfolino is currently being built as a separate version for children and young people and will be available in early 2023. “During the school years, the hip flexor shortens the most,” Dr. Behrendt explains. “This needs to be countered in a timely manner.” The Sturfolino is designed to help maintain children’s physical mobility and counteract the damage caused by sitting a lot at school.

About the manufacturer

Sturfer GmbH wants to promote freedom from pain in the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedist and trauma surgeon Dr. Christian Behrendt founded the start-up in 2019 in Freilassing (Upper Bavaria). Since 2022, the company has operated two sites in Germany with a total of eight employees of its own.

Enquiry note

Sturfer GmbH – Natascha Koschnik – Press officer +49 8654 5899671
natascha.koschnik@sturfer.com
www.sturfer.com Livestram www.sturfer.com/press

New seating furniture against back pain for the office and home office: world first at Orgatec

German orthopedist wants to enable freedom from pain without effort through a new working posture

Freilassing, 01.09.2022 – A start-up from Bavaria presents a novel sitting and standing solution: the device is called Sturfer, it is supposed to prevent and eliminate back pain causally. “Those who use the Sturfer remain efficient at work; in addition, there is no need to do their own exercises in their free time,” argues inventor Dr. Christian Behrendt: “Sturfen saves time and makes back training unnecessary,” the orthopedist and trauma surgeon continues. The Sturfer is the first office furniture ever to fully support work at a height-adjustable desk.

Intervertebral discs should be relieved

“A major cause of back pain is the hip flexor,” Behrendt explains. “Sitting has shortened our hip flexor muscle, which increases pressure on the discs. Sturfen reverses this problem; the hip flexor stretches right at work, it happens by itself without effort.”

Own variant for children

In addition to the Sturfer for adults, a separate variant for children and young people, the Sturfolino, will also be presented at Orgatec. “During the school years, our hip flexor shortens the most,” Behrendt explains. “This needs to be countered in a timely manner.”

Manufacturing in Europe

Behrendt relies on the EU for production: the Sturfer is manufactured exclusively in Europe in order to make the supply routes and logistics chains sustainable right from the start. The Sturfer will be usable worldwide, as it meets all applicable standards and test specifications for an office swivel chair. At Orgatec, the functional furniture can be found in exhibition hall 7.1: booth E-048.

About the manufacturer

Sturfer GmbH wants to promote freedom from pain in the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedist and trauma surgeon Dr. Christian Behrendt founded the start-up in 2019 in Freilassing (Upper Bavaria). In 2022, the company will operate two sites in Germany with a total of eight employees of its own.

Contact
contact@sturfer.de
www.sturfer.com