For decades, deep-tissue heating with shortwave diathermy has been a core solution for treating pain and promoting faster healing in physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics. It has been the standard of thermotherapy for the U.S. Navy Seals, as well as for many professional and collegiate sports teams.
Now, a Pittsburgh company is developing the first consumer product to utilize diathermy for deep-tissue heating and metabolic effects that can promote healing. The wearable product, known as VIVY, is an easy-to-use, form-fitting belt that relieves pain, eases muscle tension, improves joint mobility, and uses therapeutic deep heating processes to speed healing of tissue injuries.
“Our goal with VIVY is to make the therapeutic warming benefits of diathermy accessible to consumers in a safe, ultra-portable and wearable product for people who suffer from chronic pain or sports injuries,” says Michael Thomas, CEO of ReGear Life Sciences.
VIVY is not yet on the market. It’s the subject of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. Funds raised will be used to prepare the prototype for manufacturing and to complete the regulatory process.
“We are now scaling up the development of the prototype for manufacturing,” says Thomas, “and we want to get a sense of how interested people are in this approach to a wearable product for pain relief and muscle relaxation.”
VIVY will also make pain management smarter, easier, and more convenient through a companion smartphone app that can schedule treatments, track results after each therapy session, and provide helpful information and tips.