Lymphoedema detection, assessment and treatment has traditionally been unsophisticated, difficult and time-consuming. These are major challenges for a condition which affects approximately 140,000 people in the UK, and once diagnosed is a condition with no cure.
The disease is defined as swelling of one or more limbs which may also include a portion of the corresponding trunk. It can affect the breast, head, neck or genitalia and occurs when fluid and other components such as protein, accumulate in the tissue spaces as a result of a disparity between the creation of interstitial fluid production and its transport or movement. It may be caused by damage to the lymphatic system (i.e., as a result of cancer treatment) or as the result of congenital malformation of the lymphatic system. It is a chronic condition with no cure, but it can be managed if diagnosed early on.
We have a range of unique, state-or-the art solutions that are a step change in both assessment and treatment.
With early intervention being the primary means of limiting the impact lymphoedema has on patients, effective detection and ongoing assessment solutions are CRITICAL.
L-Dex is a tool which provides an instant measurement of fluid to assist clinical assessments of Lymphoedema detection. The simple, objective, repeatable measurement can be tracked over time, meaning better clinical decisions can be made to help manage the early onset of the condition. “Periodic monitoring of women at high risk of Lymphoedema with BIS allows early detection and timely intervention for Lymphoedema, which reduces the incidence of clinical Lymphoedema from 36.4% to 4.4%”. Soran, A., et al (2014).
SozoPro is the worlds first interactive health monitor to use Impedimed’s patented bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) technology. The device is used to monitor a persons fluid status and overall body composition including fat mass and extracellular fluid. Measuring fluid and fat content in Lymphoedema patients allows the clinician to specifically determine the levels of oedema and fat tissue which can aid with the diagnosis and treatment of a patient. For a measurement which takes 30 seconds, this will reduce the impact on your clinical time too.
Unfortunately, many Lymphoedema treatment techniques are often cumbersome, uncomfortable, inconvenient and time-consuming, with treatment lasting throughout the lifetime of the individual. We have collected new, forward thinking, non-invasive treatment methods for the management of Lymphoedema – specialist tools which can help to stimulate lymphatics and manipulate fascia while reducing the physical impact on clinicians.
Targeted Negative Pressure Massage
PhysioTouch is a negative pressure device which allows vertical and horizontal stretching of the fascial (connective tissue) structures, expanding the space for circulation of blood and lymph. The results of PhysioTouch therapy are immediately measurable as reduced swelling, reduced pain and improved range of motion.
We can help create a bid to help meet the needs of your department and hospital, so please contact us for more information. We would also recommend attending one of our workshops which can either be at one of our venues or on site with you.