Tech and Wellness Relief from Tension, Injury and Pain August 22, 2016 16:35
For many of us Baby-boomers, the notion of high tech wellness begins with memories of the first time a nurse placed an automatic thermometer in our ear. We were surprised by the beep sound and amazed at the quickness and accuracy of our temperature reading.
Today the definition of wellness has changed "the proactive process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being."
Wellness technology has advanced far beyond mere temperature readings. We now have the ability to control, track, measure and monitor body functions and actions where we could never do so before. We can receive real time feedback to help us make informed decisions about our food intake, sun exposure and stress levels. And we can vacation or even live day to day in dwellings that are designed to assist us in realizing our quest for a healthier lives.
A small representation of wellness initiatives.
Las Vegas is no longer just about gambling and entertainment. A well known property on the strip offers a wellness upgrade for an additional $30 dollars per night. Amenities such as a Vitamin C infused shower, Dawn Simulation to help you awaken and Energizing Light to reset your sleep cycle are just a few of the offerings.
If you need something a bit more permanent, wellness homes are available around the U.S. One builder incorporates as many as 75 features into his properties which range from condos to single family homes.
Using a mirror at the gym to check your form is so old school. Now you just put on your sensor loaded athletic apparel and monitor your progress on your mobile device. Other variations include moisture wicking gear that uses a Siri style assistant to record and inform in real time on your oxygen intake during workouts.
Have insomnia? Athletic gear that is comfortable enough for bedtime while measuring sleep quality is now available.
And new moms can rest easier when their baby is in a onesie type outfit that tracks sleep status, breathing, body position while allowing them to also listen in.
Technological advances are changing the way that medicine will be applied in the future. Dermo patches have evolved to electronically controlled medical devices designed to diffuse drugs through the skin.
This award winning innovation could be used with a wide variety of drugs to administer needle-less vaccines and treat issues such as skin cancer, arthritis pain, diabetes, bedsores and a range of others.
In 2015 an estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia. Medical wearable's may give caretakers much needed help in caring for the victims of this debilitating problem.
Socks with sensors can provide an instant smartphone alert if a patient has left a predetermined safe area.
A smartwatch app defines danger or safety zones and notifies caretakers immediately if their charge leaves or enters them.
Wellness is constantly being impacted by technology at home and at work.