Let’s face it, when we are stressed or anxious we rarely think clearly, we often act irrationally and it takes even longer for us to calm down and return to a normal state. The team at Touchpoint Solutions want to restore peace and serenity in these situations using their non-invasive neuroscientific wearable device that can relieve stress in under 30 seconds.
Some serious science backs up the companies’ claims too. Neuropsychologist Dr. Amy Serin and executive and child advocate Vicki Mayo founded The Touchpoint Solution™ in late 2015, Dr. Serin’s work in therapy and neuroscience led to a breakthrough realization – that a component of successful PTSD treatment could be used as a stand-alone product for a range of individuals whose stress and intensities hamper performance, relaxation, sleep, and their ability to cope with sensory stimuli.
Touchpoints themselves are small wearable devices that use Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation Tactile (BLAST) stimulation to give the user a gentle vibration that affects the brain and alters the body’s fight, flight or freeze response. The device itself is a small, discreet rectangular object no bigger than your average watch face and can be worn on your wrists, held, or clipped to clothing. The vibration from the Touchpoint is designed to restore homeostatic nervous system functioning, allowing you to think clearly and experience calm. Using TouchPoints™ for as little as 5 minutes a day results in improved focus and increased performance.
We are always wary when a company makes such big claims for their device and after trying Touchpoints for the past 2 weeks, we remain skeptical. Firstly, having to wear two of them on either side of the body was cumbersome and inconvenient especially if you purchase the watch bands, a few times people asked us why we were wearing two Apple watches (yes, they kind of look like them). Functionality wise, we tried it on a few different people with different settings – anger, stress and so on. They do buzz when initiated, but placebo affect aside, the jury is still out. The Achilles heel of this product could be that it is up to the user to activate them (likely to change in future editions) however this also means that users must recognize their reaction/emotion and act on it. Something we sometimes neglected to do.
The application for this kind of device is far reaching, the testimonials would have us believe they work fantastic but as always, it is up to you to make that decision.
Check them out at http://www.thetouchpointsolution.com