Fibromyalgia Device: Hummingbirds Hum


MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Fibromyalgia is often called a mystery illness that causes debilitating pain and fatigue. Most patients take pills to help relieve symptoms. Now, new technology is offering help without the side effects of medication.

Pamula Floyd has been dealing with the pain of fibromyalgia for the past 15 years.

“The first time it happened I woke up I could not move,” Floyd told Ivanhoe.

Doctor Erik Hiester says the condition affects up to six percent of the population, mostly women, and causes a myriad of symptoms.

“Such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and cognitive problems difficulties with mental clarity,” Erik Hiester, DO, CMO of Vital Motion explained. (Read Full Interview)

Medications to treat symptoms have been the main option for patients … until now.

Dr. Hiester stated, “Hummingbird is a new option for the treatment of fibromyalgia without the side effects of medications.”

The bathroom scale-like device made by vital motion is controlled through an app on your smart phone.

“That produces a very gentle vibration that helps to stimulate and activate the muscles in the calf,” Dr. Hiester explained.

Dr. Hiester says that stimulation is called the calf muscle pump.

Dr. Hiester continued, “That activation results in the return of the venous fluids and lymphatics back to the heart and back to the rest of the body.”

He says that increased circulation helps patients without pills.

“We’ve found significant improvement in sleep, in fatigue and in cognitive dysfunction,” stated Dr. Hiester.

Pamula says the first night after using the hummingbird she didn’t wake up with leg cramps.

“By the third night, the hip pain was gone, the thigh pain was gone, my legs were not swelling like they usually do,” Floyd said.

Allowing her to enjoy the little things … like taking a walk without pain.

Pamula adds the device has also helped her with what she calls ‘fibro fog’. The Hummingbird is not covered by insurance and costs around $300. The doctor is now studying to see if it can help people with chronic fatigue syndrome. For more information please visit

Contributors to this news report include: Janna Ross, Field Producer; Judy Reich, Videographer; Cyndy McGrath, Supervising Producer; Gabriella Battistiol, Assistant Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

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BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia is a disorder that can be characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain that can be accompanied by sleep, fatigue, mood and memory issues. It can amplify painful sensations by affecting the way a patient’s brain processes pain signals. Symptoms may gradually increase over time with no single triggering event, or sometimes occur after a physical trauma, infection, surgery, or significant psychological stress. Women are more likely to develop it than men, and many people who suffer from it also experience tension headaches, TMJ disorders, anxiety, depression, and irritable bowel syndrome.


TREATMENT: While there is no cure, a variety of medications can help control fibromyalgia symptoms. Exercise, stress-reduction measures, and relaxation may also help. Self-care including lifestyle changes can lessen the pain and fatigue, but there are some tips to help ease discomfort and take patients mind off of the pain. You can try putting some music on, having a good laugh, taking a relaxing bath, or mindful movement and meditation.


NEW TECHNOLOGY: The Hummingbird stimulates the nerve endings in located in the front portion of the feet, which signal the calf muscles to contract. These calf muscles are critical in ensuring proper blood circulation from the feet back to the heart, upper body and even the brain. Working to restore the soleus muscles to an active state, can relieve many symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. The Hummingbird can be used while performing other activities such as eating, reading, working at a desk, or watching TV. It is placed in front and underneath your feet, and easy to use. The device is small and light enough for easy transportation, and works via an app on the patient’s smart phone.



Gail Tweedy

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