“With stay-at-home orders and social distancing, now there is greater interest in home solutions versus repeated visits to doctors’ offices and physical therapy clinics.”
— Tim Porth, president and co-founder of Stā Active and a co-founder of Octane Fitness
Light Bulb Moment Leads to Invention
Tennis elbow afflicts individuals who perform repetitive motions with their arms, such as golfers, fitness enthusiasts, musicians, gamers and construction and manufacturing workers.
The Fiix Elbow is the brainchild of physical therapist Nate Stier, MPT, LAT, the co-owner of OSR Physical Therapy clinics in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, conceived when he was treating Porth for tennis elbow, a media release from Stā Active explains.
Stier recommended a clinical therapy – instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM), also known as Graston Technique, HawkGrip or Gua Sha. But adhering to two to three appointments each week for 8 to 10 weeks was difficult for Porth due to COVID and health insurance restrictions and co-pays.
Stier and OSR co-founder Rusty Wallman, MPT, ATC, had previously worked with Porth on Octane’s fitness equipment designs, and the three, along with Octane Fitness co-founder Dennis Lee, combined their collective expertise to automate the IASTM process for treatment at home.
A Smart Solution
The E5 Fiix Elbow device automates IASTM by applying a deep tissue massage with repetitive linear strokes to break up scar tissue, boost circulation and repair the injured tendon. The treatment protocol is a combination of using the E5 wearable device for 10 minutes a day, three times per week, for 8 weeks, along with specific exercises.
Statistical analysis by the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota of Fiix Elbow Phase 2 trials suggests that 96% of participants reported a reduction in pain, with an 85% average increase in grip strength and a 76% improvement in functional activities using the arm, the release continues.
For more information, visit Stā Active.
[Source(s): Stā Active, PR Newswire]
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