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Heat therapy

Feeling cold? Local heat therapy can help.

Heat therapy can work wonders. As noted by the Mayo Clinic, warming one's skin, tissue, and muscle can help improve circulation, reduce pain, and promote healing of injured tissues.

You can also use heat therapy in another, equally powerful way: to adjust your perception of temperature and find comfort when you're feeling chilled. Studies show that a little concentrated warmth on one part of your skin can change the way you experience temperature throughout your body, providing a natural way to find relief from cold flashes and to warm yourself when you're feeling chilly.

With this in mind, the team at Embr Labs has created a technology that lets you use hot or cold therapy anywhere and anytime you need it. It's the Embr Wave®, a thermal wristband that lets you access warm or cool sensations on demand to harness your body's innate ability to comfort itself with temperature.

Embr Wave offers heat therapy—anytime and anywhere

Embr Wave is a sleek, stylish wearable that may look like a smartwatch or bracelet but contains powerful thermal technology that gives you the ability to change your perception of temperature whenever you need relief.

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It uses a compact thermoelectric heat pump to instantly generate waves of soothing warmth or cooling with the press of a button. When felt on the sensitive skin of your inner wrist, these thermal sensations send a feel-good message to your brain that taps into your body's natural ability to rebalance your sense of temperature and help you feel more comfortable. Unlike other wearable cooling devices or thermotherapy products, the Wave is convenient, simple to use, and completely inconspicuous—no one will ever know that you're addressing your issues with temperature when you're using Embr Wave.

How can local heat therapy provide full-body relief?
A small amount of temperature applied to the right spot at the right time can have a dramatic impact on how you feel overall. It's like how simply wrapping your hands around a hot mug of cocoa can warm you up from head to toe, or how dipping just your toes in a cold pool on a hot day can help your entire body feel cooler. The Wave uses this physical phenomenon—where local thermal sensations lead to full-body comfort—to give you the power to adjust your experience with temperature anytime you need it.

Using heat therapy to manage cold flashes
One of the most common applications of heat therapy with Embr Wave is for managing cold flashes some women experience around menopause (often in conjunction with hot flashes). During this time, changing levels of hormones can create problems regulating body temperature. As estrogen levels drop, the part of the brain that regulates body temperature can mistakenly believe that you're too cold, triggering a cold flash designed to warm you up fast. Your brain signals your muscles to contract quickly and repeatedly, causing you to shiver. And the blood vessels beneath your skin constrict to conserve heat, creating an intense chill no matter what the ambient temperature is.

When you experience a cold flash or when you're simply feeling chilled, you can press a button on the Wave or tap the mobile app to initiate a series of soothing, warm sensations that will immediately start to bring your body back into balance, changing your perceived temperature and helping you feel more comfortable.

How does Embr Wave use heat therapy?

Heat therapy is simply the application of warmth to a part of the body. Traditional methods of therapy involve heating pads, hot water bottles, hot compresses, or even hot baths and whirlpools. Heat therapy can be an effective treatment for soft tissue injuries, reducing swelling, and improving the range of motion. This type of therapy can also relieve muscle pain and stiffness, reduce muscle spasms, and increase blood flow to promote healing by delivering protein, nutrients, and oxygen to damaged tissue.

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When used to increase comfort with temperature, Embr Wave's heat therapy works by using carefully calibrated patterns of warming sensations on the inner wrist to communicate with the part of the brain that controls thermoregulation, emotion, pleasure, and stress. Your body instinctively responds to these sensations, quickly reacting by telling the brain to recalibrate your perceived temperature so you can feel better fast.

What studies say
A study conducted with UC Berkeley showed that participants who used the Wave for just three minutes were able to feel 5°F warmer or cooler on average. Women found even greater relief with Embr Wave, feeling up to 9°F cooler and 6°F warmer.

Manage comfort with the Embr Wave 2 app
When you connect your device to the Embr Wave 2 mobile app, you'll be able to customize your experience to get the relief that's just right for your body. The app provides a variety of warming and cooling sessions designed to optimize sleep, reduce stress, enhance comfort, and manage hot flashes. You can edit these sessions, setting the temperature level and duration, with options ranging from 5 minute to 9 hours. Rename and save your favorites, and reprogram the buttons on your Wave to give you quick access to the sessions that work best for you. The app also lets you track your usage and see your patterns over time so that you can learn how to maximize your relief. And it lets you download the latest improvements and updates for your device.

Less stress. Greater comfort. Better sleep.

In addition to heat therapy for cold flashes, Embr Wave offers benefits for many other areas of your life.

Stress-busting relaxation
Just as a warm bath or a cold compress can make you feel calmer and more collected thanks to temperature's intimate relationship with stress, Embr Wave lets you use heat or cold therapy to deal with difficult or anxious moments. At the press of a button, you can instantly activate thermal sessions designed to help reduce stress and relax the body.

Hot flash relief
Hot flashes and cold flashes often go hand in hand, causing extreme discomfort at both ends of the temperature spectrum. Embr Wave has been proven to offer fast, effective relief for hot flashes and night sweats. In a clinical study performed with Johnson & Johnson, menopausal women using Embr Wave reported a 168% improvement in their control over hot flashes.

Better sleep
Temperature plays a key role in getting quality sleep. Embr Wave has two types of thermal sessions designed to promote better sleep and help you get more rest: Fall Asleep sessions use gently slowing waves of warming or cooling to reduce sleep onset latency (the time it takes to fall asleep), and All Night sessions feature steady waves to keep your body balanced so you can rest easily through the night.

Why do women (and men) love Embr Wave?

A natural solution
Whether you need cold or heat therapy, Embr Wave works with your body's natural ability to comfort itself by warming up or cooling down the way it wants to. It's a safe, noninvasive solution with no drugs or hormones.

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Embr Wave is an improved expense in many Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). To see if your plan will cover a purchase of the Wave, consult with your FSA administrator or employer.

Possible financing through Affirm
When you purchase Embr Wave with Affirm, you may be able to spread your payments out over 3 to 12 months or more. An Affirm payment plan makes it easy to get the relief you need today on a budget that works for you.

Free shipping
Enjoy free shipping to any address in the U.S. with your purchase of a Wave device.

Easy returns
If Embr Wave doesn't provide the therapy you need, you can return your device within 30 days for a full refund.


What is heat therapy?

Heat therapy is the practice of applying heat to the body to warm skin, tissues, and muscle. This can increase blood flow, reduce swelling, enhance range of motion, relieve muscle pain and stiffness, minimize muscle spasms, and accelerate healing. When heat therapy is used to warm certain areas of skin on the body, it can help a person to feel warmer overall, restoring temperature balance and mitigating the effects of cold flashes.

How can local heat therapy provide comfort for the body?

Studies show that a bit of concentrated warmth on temperature-sensitive skin in one part of the body can help the entire body feel warmer overall. Thermoreceptors in the skin communicate with the part of the brain that's responsible for thermoregulation, emotion, pleasure, and stress. In response, the brain recalibrates its perception of temperature to make a person feel more comfortable within seconds.

What is Embr Wave?

Embr Wave is a smart wearable that uses a battery-powered heat pump to generate precise waves of warm or cool sensations that are felt on the skin of the inner wrist. These sensations stimulate a natural connection to the brain that helps to bring immediate relief from the discomfort of cold flashes, hot flashes, and other temperature-related conditions. In contrast to other wearable warming devices or personal cooling products, the Wave is convenient, easy to use, highly discreet, and able to provide thermal relief no matter where you go throughout the day.

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