Philips has launched two new products to help ease chronic pain. BlueTouch and PulseRelief help users manage their pain levels through an iOS app to help improve their overall quality of life.
In a recent survey, 68 percent of sufferers said the pain affects their ability to work, and 58 percent said it gets in the way of a good night's sleep. One in five people suffer from chronic pain, but most are dissatisfied with the pain relief methods currently available.
Philips' new technology is based on the idea that physical activity helps to maintain mobility and relieve pain for sufferers. The system is designed to stimulate activity and simultaneously manage pain.
BlueTouch is a patch that uses blue LED light therapy to help the muscles repair themselves and recover from the damage by releasing nitric oxide, a natural mineral acid found in the body. The oxide help to increase local blood flow to provide extra support to the body in the natural healing process, while also removing metabolite and enhancing oxygen and nutrient supply. This gives users pain relief, drug free.
The accompanying BlueTouch app provides a variety of treatments that users can choose from, giving them the options to start and stop as needed. Interim results show that the majority of users went from suffering moderate or severe pain to mild pain while using BlueTouch.
PulseRelief offers app-controlled TENS (Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation) therapy for increased comfort and freedom of movement. Helping to relieve mild to moderate chronic musculoskeletal pain, the app allows users to set up and apply treatments without the use of wires.
TENS treatment involves the use of electrical pulses that are passed across the surface of the skin to activate underlying nerves. The pulses encourage the body's natural ability to suppress pain by stopping the signals from the brain and releasing endorphins.
“Working closely with healthcare professionals, all our products have been extensively researched and tested to offer clinically proven, natural pain relief with no need for pills, that can make a real difference to those living in pain,” Jasper Vervoort, Category Leader for Philips Pain Relief, said in a statement. “We’ve already made significant breakthroughs, leading innovation in the development of BlueTouch and introducing the first wireless TENS device with integrated activity monitor, and now our app-enabled products are taking pain relief into new and exciting areas of personalization and freedom.”
BlueTouch is now available in store and online. PulseRelief will be available in November 2014. See how both products work in the video below.
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