Prior to starting Amenity Health, Dr. Melcher was diagnosed with the esophageal cancer precursor, Barrett’s Esophagus. With the desire to resolve his own condition, as well as help the millions of others who also suffer, he hypothesized that, if done properly, positional therapy could be an effective treatment option for the disease. Partnering with talented engineers and designers, Carl and the design team began developing what is now known today as MedCline and put positional therapy for GERD back on the map.
After several years of thorough and rigorous development, the MedCline Reflux Relief System was clinically verified by former AGA president, Donald O Castell, M.D. using an impedance/PH study performed at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Castell and his team found MedCline to be far superior at reducing acid exposure than a traditional bed wedge. Later that year, Scott Gabbard, M.D. of Cleveland Clinic approached Amenity Health interested in testing the MedCline Reflux Relief System using validated quality of life questionnaires, designed to specifically tabulate nocturnal GERD symptoms. The results from these studies were overwhelmingly positive, showing better score improvements than a leading proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) drug for which the questionnaires were originally drafted. To date, the MedCline Reflux Relief System has been evaluated in 7 clinical trials with for varying sub-populations of GERD patients suffering with nocturnal symptoms.
Since then, Amenity Health has also developed another sleep system, the MedCline Shoulder Relief System, for those who suffer with chronic shoulder pain at night. The systems are very similar in design but differ in the angle of elevation created, as a higher angle of elevation is needed for nighttime reflux relief. Both MedCline Relief Systems are providing much-needed relief for those suffering from nocturnal acid reflux and/or nighttime shoulder pain to get quality, restorative sleep leading to a higher health-related quality of life.