The Science Behind the “Hummingbird” Technology

Fibromyalgia Research & Clinical Studies

Binghamton University Study Shows Hummingbird Prototype Reduces Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Binghamton University Study Shows Hummingbird Prototype Reduces Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

Biological Research for Nursing

Overview:

A prototype of the Hummingbird was used for 12 weeks to examine the effectiveness of using activation of the soleus muscle (calf muscle pump) via the plantar surface of the foot to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.

Results:

Effect of 12 weeks of plantar stimulation: 38.78% reduction in Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire Revised (FIQR) scores.

Application:

The study demonstrated the effectiveness of the soleus muscle (calf muscle pump) activation in improving fibromyalgia patient symptoms and became the genesis of the Vital Motion company.  (Dr. Erik Heister was an independent researcher at the time of the study.)

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Vital Motion study shows 57.7% Increase in Daily Activity for Fibromyalgia patients using the Hummingbird

Vital Motion study shows 57.7% Increase in Daily Activity for Fibromyalgia patients using the Hummingbird

Overview:

The Hummingbird was tested over a 6-week period on fibromyalgia patients who completed questionnaires and wore pedometers to monitor and compare activity levels.

Results:

Patients consistently reported a decrease in fibro symptoms on questionnaires, and  activity levels increased by 57.7% across all fibromyalgia patients completing the study.

Application:

The patient report outcomes and pedometer readings validated the final design and effectiveness of the Hummingbird as a means of improving quality of life for fibromyalgia patients.

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University of Pittsburgh Study Shows Calf Muscle Stimulation Improves Sleep Quality

University of Pittsburgh Study Shows Calf Muscle Stimulation Improves Sleep Quality

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

Research in Nursing & Health

Overview:

Sleep quality was examined utilizing calf muscle activation via the plantar stimulation as compared to physical activity and compression stockings, which have low adherence.

Results:

The study, conducted over a 4-week period, demonstrated that prevention of lower extremity fluid pooling (LEFP) improved sleep quality and reduced disturbance from poor sleep.

Application:

Demonstrated that activating the calf muscles (via the Hummingbird technology) can improve sleep quality.  Sleep issues and fatigue are primary symptoms of fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions.

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Stony Brook Study Shows Circulation & Blood Pressure Can Be Regulated by Plantar Foot Vibration

Stony Brook Study Shows Circulation & Blood Pressure Can Be Regulated by Plantar Foot Vibration

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology

Overview:

Healthy women were exposed to plantar-based vibration to inhibit the cardiovascular responses to orthostatic stress associated with quiet sitting by measuring blood pressure & electrocardiogram results.

Results:

Vibration between 40 and 60 Hz saw an improvement in circulation, specifically arterial pressure and heart rate variability.

Application:

Showed that irregular blood flow and blood pressure can be regulated by plantar stimulation, and confirmed the optimal vibration frequency to maximize the Hummingbird’s effectiveness.

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John Hopkins Study Shows Link between Irregular Blood Pressure & Fibromyalgia Pain

John Hopkins Study Shows Link between Irregular Blood Pressure & Fibromyalgia Pain

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

Clinical & Experimental Rheumatology

Overview:

The purpose of the study was to examine hypotension (NMH) in patients with fibromyalgia and its association with widespread pain.

Results:

The study identified a strong association between fibromyalgia and NMH, and the possible association of the pathophysiology of pain and other symptoms.

Application:

The study provided one of the founding scientific principles in researching the role of the soleus muscle (calf muscle pump) as a critical player in reducing fibromyalgia symptoms.

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John Hopkins Study Shows Connection Between Irregular Blood Pressure & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

John Hopkins Study Shows Connection Between Irregular Blood Pressure & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

Cardiology in Review

Overview:

Examine the link between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (now referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or ME/CFS) and neurally mediated hypotension (NMH).

Results:

Studies suggest extensive overlapping of symptoms between ME/CFS and NMH, and exacerbating symptoms such as weakness, lightheadedness and tachycardia.

Application:

With no known cure for ME/CFS, symptom relief is the current standard of care. The evidence of neurally mediated hypotension suggests that the Hummingbird could provide benefit in the care and treatment of patients with ME/CFS.

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NY Medical College Study Shows Targeted Plantar Foot Vibration at 45 Hz Decreases Pooling of Fluid in Legs

NY Medical College Study Shows Targeted Plantar Foot Vibration at 45 Hz Decreases Pooling of Fluid in Legs

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

American Journal of Physiology

Overview:

Test the hypothesis that plantar-based vibration to activate the calf muscle pump will result in enhanced blood and fluid flow to the lower body.

Results:

The results suggest that plantar vibration serves to enhance blood flow, lymphatic flow and venous drainage in legs.

Application:

Targeted stimulation to the plantar nerve endings in the foot causes the soleus muscles in the calves to contract, improving return of pooled blood and other fluids to the central circulatory system.

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Binghamton University Study Shows Calf Muscle Stimulation Reverses Fluid Build Up in Legs

Binghamton University Study Shows Calf Muscle Stimulation Reverses Fluid Build Up in Legs

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation & Prevention

Overview:

Diuretics and/or limb elevation are commonly prescribed to treat peripheral edema (PE); the purpose of the study was to assess the viability of using calf muscle pump stimulation via targeted plantar vibration to reverse PE.

Results:

Calf Muscle Pump stimulation decreased leg volume during quiet sitting in 56% of subjects; reversed lower leg fluid pooling in 44% of subjects; and accelerated fluid removal in subjects not outwardly showing pooling.

Application:

PE is commonly associated with heart & kidney issues, renal failure and other disorders; plantar stimulation can provide a means to treat PE in individuals with edema-related conditions.

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Binghamton University Study Shows that Foot Stimulation Reverses Effects of Irregular Blood Pressure

Binghamton University Study Shows that Foot Stimulation Reverses Effects of Irregular Blood Pressure

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Overview:

Examined whether cardiovascular responses of adult women could be influenced by plantar stimulation.

Results:

Over 50% of women tested exhibited significant tachycardia with decline in systolic blood pressure; plantar stimulation completely reversed the effect.

Application:

The immobility of quiet sitting can have a profound effect on the cardiovascular system; simple external stimulation of the plantar surface can prevent cardiovascular stress-based responses. Postural orthostatic tachycardia (POTS) is a symptom of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other chronic conditions.

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Binghamton University Study Shows Seated Rocking (Calf Stimulation) Improves Blood Pressure

Binghamton University Study Shows Seated Rocking (Calf Stimulation) Improves Blood Pressure

Peer Reviewed & Published By:

Biological Research for Nursing

Overview:

Study patients with Alzheimer’s disease to examine the correlation between rocking, blood pressure and symptom improvement.

Results:

Rocking with plantar flexion using the calf muscles increased blood pressure and enhanced cerebral perfusion; subjects demonstrated significant symptom improvement.

Application:

Subjects who experienced calf muscle stimulation showed a decrease in pain medication and improvements in balance and symptoms of depression and anxiety. Studies utilizing the Hummingbird as an intervention in nursing homes with elderly and Alzheimers patients are warranted.

 

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Hear about The Hummingbird from Fellow Sufferers

“I would have paid double for my Hummingbird, that’s how well it works. I can walk much faster and stand much longer. My hips are substantially less painful and my strides longer. My legs don’t hurt in the morning. I love this machine and recommend it to anyone with fibromyalgia.”
Mariaeva
“During my 30-day risk free trial, The Hummingbird enabled me to start exercising within 10 days, and helped my valve closure problem, thus preventing me from possible surgery! Great product!”
Arlene
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