Swelling

Swelling can be caused by many different factors. Swelling that appears suddenly or unexpectedly should always be examined by a doctor. As PhysioTouch improves lymphatic circulation[1], the PhysioTouch treatment can quickly and effectively treat protein-rich swelling associated with sports injuries and other injuries, surgery, post-mastectomy lymphedema, lymphadenectomy, or lymph-vessel damage due to various causes[2,3]. Cardiac edema due to heart failure may not be treated using PhysioTouch.

Swelling should be treated promptly at an early stage in order to prevent the formation of fibrous connective tissue as effectively as possible. The combination of proteins and inflammatory agents in the accumulated fluid disrupts metabolic activity in the tissue, causing compression pain and limited mobility. Tissue metabolism and oxygenation slow down as a result of the swelling. Reducing and eliminating the swelling as quickly as possible may limit permanent formation of fibrous tissue, complications, and prolongation of recovery.

The PhysioTouch treatment method effectively activates the lymphatic system[1], the purpose of which is to transport excess fluids, fat, viruses, bacteria, fungi, dead cells, and other metabolic waste out of the body via the lymph vessels. The lymphatic system also plays an important role in the immune system by eliminating harmful agents from the body through the action of leukocytes and lymphocytes, the white blood cells found in the lymph nodes.

 

[1] Vuorinen V-P, Airaksinen Olavi, (2009) A new vacuum suction device for management of lymphedema, Program & Abstract book pp. 118.,22nd International Congress of Lymphology, 21-25 September 2009, Sydney, Australia
[2] Ville-Pekka Vuorinen, Jarkko Iivarinen, Jukka Jurvelin, Olavi Airaksinen (2013) Lymphatic therapy using negative pressure, A clinical study with the LymphaTouch device, Research Report #5320003/221, Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
[3] Internal data on file