How Wearables Can Help Chronic Pain Sufferers
This company creates portable deep heat therapy for those who need relief on the go
For people living with illness like arthritis and fibromyalgia, or who have suffered from serious injury, pain is a part of the day-to-day routine. While there are technological advances that can help with these pains, most often they have to be used in a professional’s office or done at home. VIVY, a wearable device, is attempting to bring that same relief to patients no matter where they are.
VIVY is a heat therapy band for either the back or the knee that creates a low powered heat to relieve pain. The device uses diathermy, which utilizes high-frequency electromagnetic currents to create heat, a technique often used in physical therapy to relieve pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. They partnered with Whipsaw, a design and engineering firm, in order to create a flexible and durable design for their heat therapy technology. The goal of the product is to be portable and easy to use, allowing customers to use the device wherever they need it most.
The device runs on rechargeable AC batteries, and has a control panel on the band to alter how much heat is being produced. The device even connects to smart phones, which allows users to track and schedule treatments as well as see their progress. The device can only be used for up to 30 minutes at a time and shuts off automatically after that time for the user’s safety.
While many patients may prefer this to potentially addictive painkillers and their many side effects, that does not necessarily make deep heat therapy a cure-all. Doctors have noted that heat therapy can be especially helpful for patients with arthritis and chronic back pain, but it does not prevent the progression of the illness or necessarily affect other symptoms of these diseases. Additionally, diathermy should not be used by those with metal implants or pacemakers, as it can cause the metal to heat up and could burn the user.
The project is seeking funds on Indiegogo to take VIVY into production, and thus begin selling it as a product. With a month left in the campaign and a goal of $50,000, VIVY has earned over $3,000. The company is currently offering to completely refund any unsatisfied customers. For those eager to get their hands on one of the devices, they are not set for delivery until 2017, but there are plenty of early bird specials left for those looking for a discount.
To see VIVY in action, watch the video below:
Image courtesy of VIVY