What is lymphedema therapy?
Lymphedema therapy revitalizes the pumping mechanism of lymphatic system. Therapy increases the growth of new lymphatic pathways between the swollen body part and healthy body.
Treating lymphedema is very important. In order to achieve the best therapeutic results, lymphatic swelling should be treated as early as possible. Comprehensive therapy for lymphedema includes manual lymph drainage, compression therapy, therapeutic exercises and guidance for home treatment and proper skin treatment.
Manual lymph drainage therapy activates the lymphatic system’s own pumping mechanism and transfers lymph fluid in the interstitial space. Lymphedema therapy also stimulates the growth of new lymph connections and stimulates the lymphatic function between edema and healthy areas.
Compression stimulates the function of lymphatic system and muscle and joint pump systems. Compression therapy and garments compensate the missing tissue pressure and prevent the already moving lymph to flow back in the tissue.
Therapeutic exercises activate the function of lymphatic system and lymph flow. Exercise and sports also increase performance and quality of life. Different sports and exercise forms are suitable for different people and it is recommended to do the sort of exercise that is enjoyable for the patient. Studies have not shown that exercise would increase the swelling, but it helps in managing it.
Treating the skin is also important as it helps to maintain sufficient protection against outside bacteria and infections, which in turn reduce the risk of lymphedema to progress via infections.
Therapeutic training and exercise together with compression treatments are an effective way to activate and stimulate the function of lymphatic system.
LymphaTouch® in lymphedema therapy
LymphaTouch® device is designed to support manual lymph drainage therapy. The LymphaTouch® mechanism of action is based on the effects of negative pressure in tissues.
Negative pressure created by the treatment device stretches the skin and the tissue underneath, pulling on anchor fibers to dilate the endothelial openings of lymph vessels. Vertical stretching of the fascial structures is accomplished at the same time, expanding the space for circulation of blood and lymph. Lymph and the metabolic, waste products that impede the healing process, can then flow more easily from the interstitial space into lymph vessels, and excess fluid is carried away by the body’s own lymph transport mechanisms to re-join the venous circulation.