How LymphaTouch Can Complement Your Current Manual Therapy Protocols
“Overuse or repetitive trauma injuries represent approximately 50% of all sport-related injuries. It is speculated that more than half of these injuries may be preventable with simple approaches.” 
– NATA (National Athletic Trainers’ Association),
Position Statement on Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries
50% may be a low estimate. What are you doing to reduce your athletes’ chances of injury?
As a Physiotherapist, Sports Therapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath or Massage Therapist you rely on a variety of manual therapy tools to help address daily sports-related overuse and repetitive trauma injuries and post-surgical challenges.
While we all have our favourite tools, whether it’s our go-to IASTM instrument or our hands, we’ve learned that no single device or technique does it all. A variety of techniques are needed to achieve positive outcomes like getting our athletes back on the field, performing at elite levels, or to help to prevent injuries in the first place.
“So it’s important to continue to learn about new innovations that can help us achieve results… and have a variety of COMPLEMENTARY modalities in our toolbox.”
POSITIVE PRESSURE THERAPY
Positive pressure therapies include any protocol where you’re creating downward pressure into the tissues.
Positive pressure therapies include:
– Soft Tissue Massage
– IASTM Instruments and Techniques
– Trigger Point/Acupressure
– Foam Rolling or Other Forms of Self-Myofascial Release (SMR)
– High-Speed Vibration
– Percussive Therapeutic Massage
Almost all manual therapy techniques create positive pressure downward into the tissue. These techniques, like massage, are research-proven to help reduce your patients pain or fatigue.
2018 Study: Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis on An Evidence- Based Approach for Choosing Post-Exercise Recovery Techniques to Reduce Markers of Muscle Damage, Soreness, Fatigue, and Inflammation…Dupuy et al., 
Key Results: Maximising the performance capacity of an athlete is not only a matter of training. It also depends on an optimal balance between training and recovery in order to prevent maladaptation to accumulated psychological and physiological stresses induced by the training load (Meeusen et al., 2013; Soligard et al., 2016) [3,4]. Massage seems to be one of the most effective methods for reducing DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and perceived fatigue.
But once again, whether you rely on your hands or your favourite therapeutic device to facilitate your manual therapy, all of the approaches create positive pressure to increase function and mitigate restrictions in the tissue.
“This is why myofascial decompression or negative pressure therapy is the perfect COMPLEMENT to your current treatment protocols and a crucial modality to understand.”
NEGATIVE PRESSURE THERAPY
Negative pressure therapy is another way you can address musculoskeletal and fascial challenges and maladaptations in your patients.
One example of negative pressure therapy is Myofascial Decompression (MFD) or Dry Cupping. This method has been around for thousands of years. MFD uses a cupping device to create a suction and negative pressure.
MFD mechanically increases blood circulation while physiologically activating the immune system to stimulate the mechanosensitive fibers and reduce your patients pain. There is initial scientific evidence that dry cupping is able to reduce musculoskeletal pain. It has also been proven to be an effective modality for improving health and function.
LYMPHATOUCH TAKES MFD TO A NEW LEVEL
The innovative LymphaTouch vibrational active negative-pressure treatment device combines the benefits of myofascial decompression with the added benefits of vibration.
This creates a comfortable, effective solution which helps improve your outcomes and helps your patients reach their goals.
HOW DOES LYMPHATOUCH COMPARE TO CUPPING?
“With our increased awareness of the fascial system it’s important to note that new lymph vessels cannot grow through scar tissue or fibrosed tissues. Cupping, which has become very popular, only offers a static negative pressure against the skin in a very local area. The use of a negative pressure device like the LymphaTouch allows gliding along the skin from ‘foot to face’, which can facilitate and stimulate the natural peristaltic contractions of the two to three layers of muscles located along the lymphatic pathways, also called lymphangions (Mislin, 1961).”
– Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, DC
President of the ACA Rehab Council
LymphaTouch generates active negative pressure that helps improve lymphatic circulation in the treated area. It also has a mechanical high frequency vibration feature.
WHEN CAN LYMPHATOUCH BE USED?
The LymphaTouch device can be applied to several treatment areas to help manage a variety of conditions, including:
– Pain management
– Pre and postoperative swelling and scarring
– Muscle maintenance
– Active recovery
– Fascial tightness
– Compromised joint function
Improve your patients’ rehabilitation using the LymphaTouch device. The combination of negative pressure and mechanical high frequency vibration enhance lymphatic circulation making your treatment faster and more efficient.