Compression Therapy or Flowtron Therapy as it is often called is a clinically effective, non-invasive therapy which uses intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) to treat a wide range of vascular, circulatory and lymphatic conditions and will be used in combination with clinical massage therapy.
Depending on the treatment, a garment is worn and connected to a compression pump via flexible tubes, the garment is controlled to inflate intermittently to stimulate the flow of blood through the deep veins.
As the garment inflates it compresses the veins and pushes the blood back towards the heart.
The garment then deflates again after a controlled time, this action copies how the veins are squeezed by the muscles when you walk, intermittent compression also helps to break down some of the proteins in the blood that can cause blood clots.
What conditions can compression therapy help ?
Compression therapy is generally accepted as a treatment method for preventing (DVT's) deep vein thrombosis and complications of venous stasis in persons following trauma, orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery and patients who are unable to walk or mobilise effectively.
It has be shown to help with people suffering from restless leg syndrome (RLS) or from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) of the legs and consequently oedema, stasis dermatitis, Ulcerations and cellulitis.
What are the benefits of Compression Therapy ?
Reduced Pain, Increased venous and Lymphatic Flow, Enhanced circulation,
as well as providing a drier post-Operative field and reduced wound haematoma.
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