Flexitouch – Interface Pressure Produced by Two Different Types of Lymphedema Therapy Devices
Author: Harvey N. Mayrovitz, PhD
Published: Physical Therapy. 2007; Vol. 87(10): 1379–1388
Sequential compression is used to manage lymphedema, but little is known about pressures delivered to the therapeutic targets. This study characterized actual pressures delivered by a traditional compression pump (Lympha Press) and one using an alternate compression pattern (Flexitouch).
Pressure patterns and magnitudes produced by the two devices differed considerably. The Flexitouch pressure pattern displayed rapid rise and fall, progressing from the wrist toward the elbow. The Lympha Press pressure rose slower and was sustained at a higher level during its inflation cycle. Pressures delivered with the Lympha Press were significantly greater than those delivered with the Flexitouch.
The pressure patterns and magnitudes on treated limbs depend on the device. These differences should be considered before selecting a device for a specific patient.