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dor·sum   (dawr-suhm)


noun, plural  dor·sa  (dawr-suh) (-sə)  Anatomy

1. the back, as of the body.

2. the back, or outer surface of an organ, part, or organism, etc.


At DorsumTech we care about protecting the back, health, and well-being of others; we believe a healthy back supports a healthy life. Everyone is born with a vast amount of potential, we aim to make products people wear to look, move, & feel their best.

The Dorsum story: founded in July of 2017 by Leo Ochoa, Dorsum is the culmination of many years and many experiences. Growing up in Hood River, OR, the heart of the Pacific Northwest, I always admired the beauty of nature and respected the hard physical work it takes to grow our food. Raised by farm working parents, and having friends as orchardists and farmers, I was exposed to the back breaking work of physical labor. This experience of physical labor became very real when as a wild land firefighter, I carried unsupported weight on my back. We sacrificed our bodies to save the land. 

Years later, I saw the same sacrifice in the first responders I interviewed north of Los Angeles while in design school. They willingly and heroically sacrificed their bodies for the lives of others. At the same time their excruciating stories of severe back pain crushed their passion to continue serving.

The heroic stories of sacrifice from people I’ve met along the way, serve as the foundation of DorsumTech. How could the passion of people doing heroic work be crushed so quickly? From the emails I received, I felt the need to do more and became committed to find innovative solutions to help first responders do more. Growing up I watched my dad suffer from lower and upper back pain while working in the farms, fruit warehouses, and now I see the same pain at a larger scale. I was inspired to respond in the best way I could...through product design.

At DorsumTech, we developed the AdaptiveSpine, a flexible supportive device that transfers weight from the back to the hips...relieving strain and saving your back. This is how our core product the AdaptiveSpine came to is our support, and foundation; and you can learn more about it here.


Thank you, we look forward to hearing your story.



        Leo Ochoa

               Founder &  CEO

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