New E-Textile Radically Re-Approaches Compression
Shape-changing memory fibers will be integrated into thin garments that provide variable compression.
- By David Kopf
- Nov 08, 2018
Medical technology startup Recovery Force and $22B manufacturing giant Jabil have unveiled a new e-textile solution that could re-shape compression therapy.
Recovery Force’s patented technology involves shape-changing memory fibers that can be embedded into various compression garments and footwear to produce variable therapeutic compression. The solution is lightweight and involves no bladders, pumps, cords, external devices. or electrical stimulation. The result: sleek, unobtrusive wraps and garments that can be worn in everyday fashion.
Jabil helped Recovery Force develop the textile, which integrates nickel-titanium (also called Nitinol) into compression wraps that stimulate muscles and enhance circulation anytime, anywhere.
“We needed help to accelerate the technology yet struggled to find the right mix of capabilities,” explained Recovery Force co-founder and EVP Matt Wainscott. “What we really needed was a total turnkey solution.”
“Our technology lets patients and consumers be mobile, giving them a much better experience and quality of life after surgery, sports performances or other activities,” added Recovery Force co-founder and CEO Matt Wyatt.
Recovery Force’s first product will be a back wrap designed to enhance blood circulation slated for release in the first half of 2019, followed by a calf device later in the year. Those two releases should pave the way for further product releases, and HME providers are definitely targets for distribution.
To learn more, watch this Recovery Force video: app.box.com/s/w7d693g6hgowvv6a5uy986zyqhx8mdi2.
David Kopf is the Executive Editor of HME Business and DME Pharmacy magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @postacutenews.