How Does the Hummingbird Work?
Many fibromyalgia sufferers have underactive or inactive soleus muscles, causing fluid to pool in the legs. When the heart, upper body and brain don’t get adequate blood circulation, the results can be widespread pain, lack of energy, poor sleep, and “fibro fog."
In a nutshell, The Hummingbird applies precise micro-mechanical stimulation to the nerve-endings in the plantar surface of the foot. This stimulation activates the soleus muscles in the calves which, in turn, improves blood flow throughout the body.
Why the "Hummingbird" Works
There is some simple (but crucial) medical science that led to the breakthrough of the Hummingbird. Here's how your body works:
- Your "soleus" muscles (one in each calf) help ensure that your blood is efficiently pumped from your lower body up through your heart and all the way to your brain.
- When your soleus muscles do NOT work to maximum efficiency, blood pools in your legs.
- The effects of not getting good blood flow to your brain, joints, muscles and other vital areas of your body? Fibromyalgia symptoms.
Before bringing the Hummingbird device to market, Vital Motion conducted its own proprietary home-clinical study using prototype devices. Fibromyalgia sufferers were invited at no cost to use an advanced prototype of the Hummingbird device daily for 4 to 6 weeks, and to report their improvements weekly to Dr. Hiester.
These subjects were recruited with the help of fibromyalgia support group leaders throughout the United States. The people in the study agreed to wear a pedometer to count their steps daily during the entire duration of the study—to measure their levels of normal daily activity. The pedometer readings offered the first quantitative measurement of the beneficial effects of the Hummingbird:
75% of subject in the study increased their energy levels & daily activities.
Even better: On average, their activity level improved by more than 56% compared with their activity levels prior to using the new device! 75% of subjects had over 70% greater activity! The results of this home clinical study were used by Vital Motion to perfect the design and function of the final Hummingbird product.
Use Your Hummingbird for 45 Days... if you're not satisfied for any reason, we will refund 100% of your money - no questions asked.
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About Your "Hummingbird"
- 75% of Hummingbird users report symptom relief
- Clinical study shows 38.8% reduction in symptoms
- FDA registered "Class 1” medical device
- Customizable vibration levels
- Small, lightweight, easy-to-use
- 45 day, risk-free trial, 3 year warranty
- Free smartphone app (optional)
- Made in the USA
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I can't tolerate vibrations of any kind?
The Hummingbird was designed with you in mind! Unlike a TENS unit - which can be painful to those suffering from fibromyalgia due the intensity of the electrical current being sent into the muscles - The Hummingbird works by applying precise MICRO-mechanical stimulation to the nerve-endings in your feet. Most users can barely feel the stimulation because the movement that creates the vibration is paper thin, and it is extremely targeted to the plantar surface of the feet.
Why not just put a vibrator on my feet?
The Hummingbird is actually FAR more than just a vibrator on your feet. Clinical studies show that the stimulation must meet certain key criteria in order to activate the "calf muscle pump" - which reverses the pooling of fluids in the body: 1) correct frequency (44 Hertz); 2) correct amplitude (30-70 microns); and 3) proper positioning. You can find those details by reading the scientific studies on which we created The Hummingbird.
Will this help with neuropathy, MS, plantar fasciitis, or hypotension?
The science behind it suggests it might. But our clinical studies to date have focused solely on The Hummingbird’s effectiveness at relieving fibromyalgia symptoms. You can try it risk-free and return it if you don’t get relief.
Do I need to use the app?
No. The Hummingbird can be used simply by plugging it in. The app gives users advanced control over the device, but it’s not required.
Is the Hummingbird covered by insurance? Medicare?
Not yet, unfortunately. It is an FDA Registered Class 1 Medical Device - so it's FSA eligible. But The Hummingbird represents a new breakthrough in fibromyalgia treatment, and becoming reimbursable by insurance is a long process. We're estimating it will take 1-2 years.