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BioHug offers hug therapy in an automatic vest

 

An occupational therapist at University of North Carolina hospital wears a BioHug vest.

Most of us have moments when we could really use a hug—when we’re sad, lonely, scared or stressed. The therapeutic value of a good squeeze for emotional wellbeing is well documented.

For people affected by autism, post-traumatic stress and anxiety or attention disorders, research has shown that hugging is an especially effective soother.

That is the scientific fact behind the development of the BioHug Vest by Haifa-based BioHug Technologies. Already in use and soon to roll out to a wider market, the vest provides an effective, portable, non-restraining stress-relief solution using deep, hug-like pressure.

“We’re all familiar with stress, which is associated with lots of health problems,” says BioHug CEO Andrew Schiffmiller. “For some populations it can be associated with much more severe symptoms—someone with autism under stress may injure himself or others, while someone with ADHD under stress may be unable to stay on task.”

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