The LymphaTouch is targeted negative pressure treatment device used by nurses, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and occupational therapists for treatment of scars and oedema. By using controlled negative pressure (suctions) to stimulate the lymphatic system and manipulate fascial structures. Unlike manual techniques which are limited in what a clinicians hands can achieve
The LymphaTouch allows you to manipulate the tissue in 3 to 4 dimensions of movement. For the lymphatics, the negative pressure expands the endothelial cells around the superficial lymphatics and changes pressures within in the tissue, encouraging fluid movement. For scarring and fascial restriction and adhesion, the negative pressure simply lifts those structures away from underlying tissues to relieve tension and contractures.
Why Negative Pressure?
- LymphaTouch generates a negative pressure over the skin, which pulls up the tissue, instead of pushing it down (as other traditional methods)
- At the same time when the negative pressure pulls up the tissue, vertical stretching of fascia structures takes place
- This pull of the tissue creates vertical and horizontal stretching that further stretches the anchor filaments, causing the endothelial openings of lymph vessels to dilate
- This dilation helps lymph fluid to enter from the interstitial space to lymph vessels. The pumping mechanism of lymphatic system is activated and the lymph flow is increased further
- In addition: the high frequency vibration setting, which together with negative pressure affects different layers of tissue
- Higher frequency levels affect the superficial layers of tissue. Lowering the vibration frequency enables deeper tissue penetration. Low frequencies are especially suitable for applying on fibrotic tissue treatments.
A new and versatile tool for manual therapy
- More effective than standard of care
- Faster results
- Easy to learn
- Comfortable to use
- Easy to clean and maintain
Post Surgical and scarring
Negative pressure in the treatment head, stimulating lymph flow. The result of this is a rapid acceleration of the healing process.
LymphaTouch treatment activates the superficial lymphatic capillary network, pulling on anchor fibres to stretch the endothelial openings and increase the flow of lymph. Stretching the anchor fibres both horizontally and vertically, allows even sizeable particles such as harmful proteins to be carried away. The device can be used to treat tissue fibrosis caused by lymphoedema or persistent swelling.
The most important function of muscle tissue is contraction, which is necessary for all body movements. Tissue damage associated with excessive strain, unbalanced movements, or sudden impact causes an inflammatory reaction and the accumulation of proteins and fluid in muscles, in tendons, at muscle or tendon attachment sites, and elsewhere. Pain is how the body communicates that inflammation and swelling have developed, and it initiates a chain of anti-inflammatory reactions. The reaction to a muscle injury includes activation of a satellite cell, a type of progenitor cell, causing the satellite cell to move to the damaged area and combine either with pre-existing muscle fibers or with a new muscle fiber in the process of being formed. The most important function of satellite cells is to restore muscle performance by repairing damaged muscle cells. Excessive proteinaceous edema (swelling) can critically slow down the healing process by interfering with satellite cell activity.
Pain and swelling
Restorative treatment lowers the elevated creatine kinase levels caused by muscle damage, speeding up athlete recovery and helping to prevent new muscle injuries.
LymphaTouch treatment is used to stimulate metabolic activity in the joint while removing harmful proteins and inflammatory agents and reducing swelling. It also activates an anti-inflammatory process that encourages the production of hyaluronic acid to lubricate the joint. Thus improves the range of motion in the joint, reducing pain and accelerating the healing process.
Lifts scars to help re-align collagen fibres and reduce the appearance of scars and improves collagen production to improve healing and skin appearance.
Petra Erving is a specialist bodywork therapist who predominantly works with Lymphoedema patients. Shes uses the targeted negative pressure device, LymphaTouch, to help improve range of movement and reduce swelling, especially on irradiated tissue.
Gary Ross is a Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon in Manchester using the PhysioTouch in a post surgical setting to help reduce swelling.
Analysis of Soft Tissue Response Under Negative Pressure
Experimental and computational analysis of soft tissue mechanical response under negative pressure in forearm.
This document summarises study on post – mastectomy secondary lymphoedema of the arm. The
study compares LymphaTouch treatment with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD). The study was
performed by Kuopio University Hospital in Finland in 2013.
• 19 x 10 x 11.5cm
• 5 different size treatment cups
• 8 hour battery life
• Negative pressure range 20 – 350 mmHg
• Vibration 20 – 90 Hz