August Link Party with “A Chronic Voice”

A Chronic Voice (Sheryl Chan) has begun a monthly link up party for those living with chronic illnesses. Click on A Chronic Voice to learn how you can participate.

Each month we are given 5 word prompts to write about. This months words are Missing, Appreciating, Striving, Releasing, and Eating.

Missing
What am I missing? I am missing my energy and being able to be a morning person. I loved having the energy to wake up early, do some housework, bake muffins/rolls for my daughter and start dinner all before going to work. I struggle with my low energy daily.

Appreciating
I appreciate that in spite of living with fibromyalgia and 19 additional “evil sidekicks” I have found the right combination of lifestyle changes medications, supplements and integratvie therapies to continue to work and be an active advocate.

Striving
I have one year until I am faced with empty nest syndrome. As my Daughter goes off to college I am striving to define who I am going to be when I grow up. LOL I want to continue to grow as an advocate and writer.

Releasing
I have been releasing myself of negative feelings and objects that remind me of negative events. In a nutshell, I am cleaning house both literally and emotionally.

Eating
I am a stress eater. Not only am I am trying to lose the weight I put on when I loss my Grandma & my job but I am trying to eat healthier and remembering to keep myself hydrated.

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.