Muscle is a type of body tissue. 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 repair process by interfering with satellite cell activity.

The PhysioTouch treatment method is a safe and effective way to reduce or eliminate the harmful effects of persistent swelling trought the activation of the lymphatic circulation[1]. It can also be used to relief muscle spasms, and aches and pains in muscles[2]Getting rid of the swelling is extremely important, especially when trying to achieve the fastest possible rate of recovery. Minimizing swelling promotes satellite cell activation and, therefore, the overall muscle repair process. 


[1] Vuorinen V-P, Airaksinen O. A new vacuum suction device for management of lymphedema. Program & Abstract book. pp. 118. 22ISL. 22nd International Congress of Lymphology, 21-25 September 2009 Sydney, Australia
[2] Internal data on file