Deep tissue heating with shortwave diathermy has been used for decades for treating pain and promoting faster healing in physical therapy clinics. ReGear Life Sciences is looking to modernize this technique with VIVY, the newly announced smart belt that relieves pain, eases muscle tension, improves joint mobility, and speeds healing from chronic pain or joint injuries.
The company managed to do this by creating smaller and more portable generators, and by engineering more comfortable and efficient heating coils, with very low power requirements. Thus, the end product will integrate the controller, power supply, and heat applicator in a single, slim, wearable belt that consumers can carry with them anywhere.
“VIVY has the potential to make the deep tissue heating and healing of diathermy accessible to over 100 million people annually in the U.S. who suffer from chronic pain, such as arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, or diabetic neuropathy, or acute pain from sports injuries,” ReGear CEO Michael Thomas said in a statement.
VIVY will also make pain management smarter, easier, and more convenient through a companion smartphone app that can schedule treatments, track results after every therapy session, and provide helpful information and tips.
VIVY, however, is still not available to the general public — it will launch through a crowdfunding campaign next month.
In the meantime, we have a few other companies looking to use mobile technology in pain management treatments, including NeuroMetrix and its Quell wearable pain relief technology, and ReliefBand which is designed for the drug-free treatment of nausea.