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Headway’s Occiflex™ is the computerized treatment table to relieve chronic headache and neck pain. Occiflex empowers physical therapists through computerized mobilization technology.

Introducing Occiflex

Headway has developed the first computerized treatment table to relieve chronic neck pain and headache — Occiflex.

Our patented technology delivers a safe, effective, and noninvasive solution that is based on proven physiotherapy principles. Occiflex enhances a therapist’s treatment toolbox to improve patient treatment outcomes and can help increase a clinic’s productivity.

Occiflex uses Headway’s unique, patented Teach and Repeat technology. The treatment table mimics the techniques of a manual therapist to  deliver an automated, tailored patient treatment. As the treatment is now executed without the need of a therapist, the therapist is empowered to treat other patients simultaneously. As a result, Occiflex can help increase a clinic’s productivity. Patient treatment outcomes are also improved as the Occiflex computerized treatment table can deliver more accurate and longer-lasting neck mobilization than current manual treatments. Three clinical trials showed pain reduced by 48% over 12 weeks from treatment with Occiflex¹,²,³.

The Team

  • Isaac Rodan, Chairman: More than 20 years in international business (mainly health care), including management, business development, strategic marketing, and operations
  • Yaron River, M.D., Founder: Internationally recognized researcher for headache and migraine treatment; chief physician, Department of Neurology, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel
  • Avner Amir, Co-Founder: Extensive experience in technological leadership in medical device industry
  • Steve Rhodes, Director: Chairman and CEO, The Trendlines Group

In addition to its management team, Headway enjoys the expertise of its medical advisory board members.

Status

Stage: Revenue
In the Media: Headway makes international waves in Singapore

Background & Market

Lack of a Technologically Effective Solution

Today more than 2 billion people suffer from neck pain and headache³ 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 significant decrease in a patient’s quality of life. Globally, 33.6 million years of life are lived with neck pain4. With an aging population, and more people spending time in front of computers, these numbers are only set to increase.

Currently There Is No Effective Solution to Treat Chronic Neck Pain and Headaches

Current treatments — medications, invasive procedures, and alternative therapies — are, in many cases, ineffective, short-acting, and have severe side effects.

Furthermore, manual therapy, though effective, is limited. Treatment effectiveness is restricted by the physical strength of a therapist (a 20-30 minute effective, consistent treatment is currently impossible to do manually).

Headway’s technological solution, Occiflex, overcomes these issues.

Enhancing a Therapist’s Treatment Toolbox

Occiflex provides a cost-effective solution that empowers therapists to deliver long-lasting, continuous, accurate mobilization of areas around the damaged muscles to relieve chronic pain. Furthermore, Headway’s patented Teach and Repeat technology enables a therapist to deliver tailored patient treatments and to treat other patients simultaneously due to freeing up of therapist time.

  • Improved efficacy
  • Tailored patient treatments
  • More patients treated

There are more than 16,000 physical therapy clinics in the United States and 50,000 worldwide. About 50 million Americans suffer from chronic neck pain and headache associated with cervical muscle dysfunction.

References

  1. River Y, Aharony S (2017). Personalized, 3-Dimensional, Computerized Mobilization of the Cervical Spine for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain – A Pilot Study, J Pain Relief 6:300. doi:10.4172/2167-0846.1000300.
  2. River Y, Aharony S, Bracha J, Levital T, Gerwin R (2014). Three-Dimensional Computerized Mobilization of the Cervical Spine for the Treatment of Chronic Neck Pain: A Pilot Study, Pain Med. 15(7):1091-1099.
  3. River Y, Levital T, Belgrade M (2012). Computerized mobilization of the cervical spine for the treatment of chronic neck pain. Clinical Journal of Pain 28(9):790-6.
  4. 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.

Headway in Singapore
Headway presented its Occiflex system as part of the Enraf-Nonius exhibit at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) in Singapore.

Contact

Isaac Rodan, Chairman
irodan@headwaymedical.com
www.headwaymedical.com

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