Lack of a technological effective solution
Today more than two billion people suffer from neck pain and headache1 such as migraines and tension-type headaches. These painful disorders are often associated with muscle pain-sensitivity and a reduced range of neck motion which can lead to a massive decrease in a patient’s quality of life. 33.6 million years of life are lived with neck pain globally1. With an aging population, and more people spending time in front of computers, sufferer numbers are only set to increase.
Currently there is no effective solution to treat chronic neck pain and headaches.
Present treatments – medications, invasive procedures and alternative therapies – are in many cases ineffective, short-acting and have severe side effects.
Furthermore current physical manual therapy though effective is limited. Treatment effectiveness is restricted by the manual strength of a therapist – a 20-30 minute effective and consistent treatment is currently impossible to do manually.
Headway has developed a technological solution to overcome these issues – the Occiflex™. The Occiflex provides a cost-effective solution that empowers the therapist to deliver long-lasting, continuous and accurate mobilization of areas around the damaged muscles to relieve chronic pain.
1. Years lived with disability (YLDs) for 1160 sequelae of 289 diseases and injuries 1990-2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. The Lancet, 2012, 380 (9859): 2163-96.