FDA Approval for Celliant Technology: What You Need to Know, Presented by Draper Therapies

A closeup view of the Celliant-rich textiles that makes up the No Bow Wraps. PC: Meagan DeLisle

In late July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially determined that products utilizing Celliant technology should be considered medical devices and general wellness products – a huge victory for those who have been developing the technology and seen what it’s capable of doing to improve human, equine and canine quality of life.

Only one equine company is already utilizing this technology in a full line of products: Draper Therapies.

“When I was first introduced to Celliant, I was a skeptic too,” says Kristin Draper, president of Draper Therapies. “But after seeing the remarkable way it reduced inflammation on myself and my family, we knew this was a winner.   We have been working with Seth Casden (of Hologenix LLC, the company responsible for inventing Celliant) since the beginning and made fabrics, then equestrian products, which lead to dog and human products.   It continues to amaze me – the very human testimonials about how products made with Celliant are making lives better.”

A young horse sporting a Celliant-rich pad. PC: Draper Therapies

So how exactly do Celliant texiles work, and what are they used for? Here’s what you need to know:

  • According to the FDA’s findings, Celliant textiles (which can be integrated into everything from human apparel to polo wraps) qualify as medical devices because they use the body’s own heat to make infrared energy. This temporarily promotes increased local blood flow at the textile’s application site. There is a great infographic for how this works at the Celliant Website.
  • By increasing blood flow, those blood cells can deliver an increase in nutrients and oxygen to the area, which can impact several performance factors:
    • Energy
    • Endurance
    • Muscle recovery
    • Speed
    • Stamina
    • Inflammation and pain relief
  • There have been nine separate clinical studies conducted to study Celliant technology, the results of which contributed to FDA approval. These studies explored the value of Celliant fibers in everything from people with foot pain to relieving insomnia.

“Science has shown that infrared energy increases blood flow, improves muscle recovery and reduces long-term pain,” said Dr. Michael R Hamblin, principal investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The FDA’s determination of Celliant products as medical devices and general wellness products will likely spur interest in infrared technologies and further development of garments and wraps that can positively impact people’s well-being.”

Draper Therapies has been the working partner on the Equine and Canine side of Celliant fiber for more than a decade, and they’re one of many diverse sports now utilizing the technology, including skiers, scubadivers, and hikers.

Dogs keeping warm and increasing blood flow in Celliant-rich dog blankets. PC: Draper Therapies

“Our customers and anyone who has used Celliant knows that it works, but this just lends credence to our experience,” says Draper Therapies product manager Becky Shipps. “I think that FDA approval is incredibly important because it will encourage folks to try our products and generate interest in responsive textiles in general. I am excited for the future of both Draper Therapies and Celliant!”

Draper Therapies makes products for horses like the No Bow Wraps, Canine Therapy Dog Coats, and a variety of human health apparel items and support devices, such as the Draper Body Therapy Knee Support.

Their products are currently being used by some of the best athletes in our sport for themselves and their horses, including Canadian Olympic eventer Selena O’Hanlon, world class barrel racer Jenna Cadwallader-Duhon, and Grand Prix show jumping legend Todd Minikus.

You can learn more about celliant technology and Draper Therapy products at their website.

Keep your whole family happy and healthy, and Go Jumping!