Management of Scarring

Scars – what are they and what problems do they cause?

The healing process describes a best-case scenario that results in the restoration of a fully functional soft tissues. However, in reality, we get a far from perfect result.
The initial stage of healing’s primary purpose is to prevent further damage or infection and this can compromise quality of healing leading to a less than optimum result. This is evidenced by the formation of scar tissue and adhesions.
Generally, the larger and more severe the wound/injury the more likely complications such as;
– Reduced tissue function
– Altered sensation
– Infection risks
– Restricted movement
– More pain
– Poor scar appearance
No scar is ever truly the same, so we have to look at how we can personalise treatments for our patients to optimise their results.

Physiology of scar and wound healing

Before we have a scar, or scar tissue, we have an injury or trauma, and we need to understand the process of wound healing which is categorised into four overlapping phases:
– Inflammatory response to prevent infection
– Proliferative phase to reconstitute the wound site
– Remodelling phase where tissue strength and function are restored
Find out more about scar therapy on Emma Hollys’ online course: Restore Therapy: Understanding Scars, of which if you purchase the LymphaTouch device, Physiquipe will sponsor the full price of a place (RRP £349)

How does the LymphaTouch work?

LymphaTouch utilises and precisely controls targeted negative pressure to;
– Stimulate lymphatic drainage
– Manipulate fascial restrictions
– Improve scar tissue function and healing
The device was developed in 2005 with the first device in the UK in 2012. Since then, LymphaTouch can is used in over 120 clinics in NHS and private practice to treat scars across:
– Orthopaedic rehabilitation/MSK therapy
– Oncology rehabilitation/Lymphoedema
– Burns therapy
– Hand therapy
– Cosmetics surgery
– Amputee rehabilitation
– Womens health

How can you treat old and new scars?

The controlled negative pressure dilates the lymphatic capillary and increases the fluid uptake of the system. This helps move any swelling or damaged tissues and helps improve the efficiency of the healing process.
The LymphaTouch treatment is underpinned by mechanotransduction, whereby a physical force/input stimulates a biological response at a cellular level (Khan et. Al. 2009). By providing stretch, torsion and other shearing forces on the tissue structures, LymphaTouch can help stimulate cellular activity, particularly fibroblasts.

What are the benefits of LymphaTouch?

For your PATIENT
– Reduce oedema quickly and effectively
– Pain free treatment – help reduce pain
– Break down scar tissue
– Increase ROM
– Improve blood flow/collagen production
– Reduce pressure on hands and wrists
– Speed up treatment time
– Improved objective results through targeted treatment
– Return on investment opportunities

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