Hummingbird Vital Motion

I was given the opportunity to try the Hummingbird device in exchange for writing this review.

What is it?

The Hummingbird is a medical therapeutic device manufactured in the United States by Vital Motion. It is small and light making it easy to transport and the instructions could not be any simpler. You simply sit in a chair placing the heels of your feet on the floor and rest the front of both feet on the Hummingbird.

Tap the Start button to activate the stimulation time. “It can be used while performing other activities such as eating, reading a newspaper or book, watching television or working at your desk. It’s size allows it to be conveniently used under a desk, table, in front of your favorite chair, or in the passenger seat of a car.”

The Hummingbird operates by using low amplitude, low-frequency physical massage therapy causing muscles in each calf to pump blood and fluid from the lower leg back to the heart. This improves circulation of the blood throughout the body and to the brain.

My Experience

I was told that it would alleviate the muscle aches, pain, fatigue, and related symptoms associated with fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions.

I have been using the Hummingbird for over a month and I have been very surprised at the results. I found it very easy to use. The convenience of not having to remove either my shoes or socks is great for using in locations other than my living room. I initially started using the device twice a day for 10 minute sessions. After a few days, I increased the sessions to 30 minutes and the stimulation level to 40.

I experience nightly leg pain that wakes me several times a night causing me to apply either an ice pack. The first thing I noticed after a few weeks was the reduction in nightly leg pain. I found myself not having to use the ice packs as often. Waking less often gives my body the opportunity to rest more leading to feeling less fatigued. It is my hope that continued use of the Hummingbird will lead to what others who have used it have discovered. Others who have used the device has said, “The Hummingbird has improved my sleep, energy and mental clarity. A device as easy to use as the Hummingbird that offers the chance to decrease my “brain fog” is worth continuing to use.

READ the Label

You need to have an Android or Apple smartphone to control the stimulation time and stimulation level. They are working on a remote control for the Hummingbird but it is not available yet.

As with any medical device you need to read the label. It is not recommended that people high blood pressure or a history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) use the Hummingbird. In addition, anyone who has undergone any surgery in the last 3 months, has implants, pacemaker, or is pregnant should consult their physician prior to using the Hummingbird.

Give it a Try!

Hummingbird offers a risk-free 30 day trial period. Use code “Fibrowarriors” and you will receive free shipping. Please visit Vital Motion for more information.

Interview with Dr. James Fricton – Part 2

Originally posted on • January 5, 2017

Dr. James Fricton is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Senior Researcher at Health Partners Institute for Education and Research, and Pain Specialist at the Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic. Besides being the current President of the International Myopain Society, he has been on the board of the American Pain Society and American Academy of Orofacial Pain. This is Part 2 of Melissa Swanson’s interview with Dr. Fricton about his romantic thriller self-help book, The Last Scroll.

In 2014, your book The Last Scroll, a romantic thriller/self-help book, was published. What was your inspiration when you wrote The Last Scroll?

Fricton: I initially began writing a non-fiction self-help book to help people understand how to prevent chronic pain. However, as I became involved in writing, I found the long list of risk and protective factors in pain, the interaction between them, how they perpetuate chronic pain, and the theories behind strategies to change them were complex to write about. Concepts of human systems and biopsychosocial theories, cybernetics, chaos theory, homeostasis, positive psychology, behavioral medicine, and integrative care are all important in understanding chronic illness. They are, however, often confusing to patients. Thus, it was apparent that it may be a challenge for both patient and health care providers alike to understand them. So, I turned to fiction to tell a story and weave these concepts into the plot and characters so that it would be more intriguing and, hopefully, engaging to those who read it.

Why turn it into a romantic thriller novel?

Fricton: Although non-fiction self-help books can be informative, many people do not find them engaging and, sometimes, particularly if concepts are complex, they may be difficult to remember. There are no characters, plots, emotions generated, or dramatic conclusions to compel the reader forward. Fiction, on the other hand, can be used as a creative teaching tool that can be more engaging and interesting to readers than non-fiction and present many opportunities for lessons to be learned. Fiction can change your entire epistemology – helping people learn a new way of understanding ourselves and the world – one that goes deeper and broader than any assemblage of non-fiction facts. Stories can become personal by helping the reader become involved with engaging characters who can be as real as the people they encounter every day. The characters can teach us how to act or react or learn from a situation. And, when the characters grab us emotionally, we become engaged in the story and, more importantly, the lessons.

Tell us about the story.

Fricton: The Last Scroll tells the story of a dedicated but lonely young physician, Dr. Ryan Laughlin. After the death of his wife, he is searching for elusive secrets to happiness and a good life for both himself and his patients. A chance meeting with an old classmate leads him to an ancient Roman spa in a medieval village of Italy where researchers are studying two remarkable events that could change the course of history: a new technology that claims to measure the essence of life itself, the human spirit, and the final Dead Sea Scroll which was recently discovered. This scroll reveals universal truths about the nature of life through principles of the Seven Blessings of Life but warns of Seven Plagues of the Beast that are emerging this century causing alarm and protests around the world. While visiting the spa to learn these secrets and enjoy the food, wine, and culture of Italy, Ryan finds himself the target of a killer who claims the project is heresy and will do anything to stop it. In a deadly race through ancient Italy, he is desperately trying to save the only woman he has loved since the death of his wife.

It is a self-help book. What insight does it provide?

Fricton: As a self-help book, the statement on the cover of the book summarizes its major theme: “It’s about your energy.” What if we can measure our energy, the human spirit, in the seven realms of our lives? The book follows this premise using energy as a metaphor for wellness. It reveals how to maintain positive energy in each realm of our life through cognitive-behavioral approaches to achieve the blessings of life including love, health, wisdom, happiness, prosperity, beauty, and peace that are available to all of us. It’s about understanding our virtues and vices and how they reflect the positive or negative energy we have in each Realm. It’s about knowing that we exert a positive and negative influence on the people and world around us, whether we want to or not. And, it’s about how to balance our lives in each Realm and deal with the challenges of life that deplete our energy and lead to chronic pain and illness. More information about The Last Scroll can be found at

By “helping people understand the seven realms of their lives that are involved in preventing chronic pain and achieving health and wellness.” What are the seven realms?

The seven realms are dynamic, evolving, and interrelated set of risk and protective factors that occur in each area of our lives and can shift the balance between health and illness. While many distinct pathophysiological mechanisms may occur in chronic pain conditions, persistence of an illness is based on the complex interaction of diverse factors which can initiate, perpetuate, or even protect people from the chronic pain. This allows us to understand each of as a whole, with the interrelationship between different realms of their life contributing to this balance between health and illness. The factors may be diverse and may include Body, Lifestyle, Emotions, Spirit, Social Life, Mind, and Environment (Acronym is BLESS ME). The Body includes physical and physiologic aspects of the body and how we use it including exercise, repetitive strain, and posture. Lifestyle includes behaviors that we do regularly such diet, sleep, substance use, activity level, and pacing. Emotions are the positive and negative feelings we experience such as depression, joy, fear, courage, anxiety, calm anger, guilt, and shame. The social life includes the relationships with the people around us including love, belonging, social support, helping others, and rewarding recovery. The Mind includes thoughts and attitudes we have including optimism, pessimism, self-efficacy, resilience, expectation, and understanding. The Spirit include the higher beliefs and purposes that drive us including self-compassion, purpose, faith, beliefs, and direction. The Environment includes physical environment and settings that surrounds us including safety, risk, disorganization, being unclean, noise, and pollution.

How does it apply to your daily life?

When I’m not writing, my life is filled with activities that boost my energy in the seven realms including learning more, caring for others, family activities, spending time with friends, coaching baseball and football, exercising, golfing, reading, creating gardens, enjoying healthy meals, helping people manage chronic pain, conducting research to enhance health and wellness, teaching students, and writing books and papers. I like the little things in life such as the aroma of my wife’s ragu that has been simmering all day, the smile on the boy who just scored a run on our baseball team, the view overlooking the Italian wine country of Brisighella when the yellow ginestra are in bloom, the tears in the eyes of a patient when she first realizes the relief from her headaches is real, the gentle rush of water flowing over the waterfalls in my backyard as I fall asleep, the inspiration I receive from hearing about good things people do for each other, and the “aha!” moment when an idea pops in my mind while exercising to music.