Lymphedema is a medical condition caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system which often results in the swelling of the arms or legs.
The Journal Lymphology
“Intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) therapy is an effective modality to reduce the volume of the lymphedematous limbs alone or in conjunction with other modalities of therapy such as decongestive therapy.”
“As pump technology has progressed, it has been accompanied by a body of research supporting medical applications of these devices both alone and in conjunction with other compression treatment modalities for optimal reduction and control of lymphedema.”
“[T]his review suggests there is a viable place for IPC devices to be utilized as an adjunct in effective management of lymphedema.”
Feldman, J. L., Stout, N. L., Wanchai, A., Stewart, B. R., Cormier, J. N., & Armer, J. M. (2012). Intermittent pneumatic compression therapy: a systematic review. Lymphology, 45(1), 13-25.
Journal of the American Medical Association
“The technology is normally used to promote blood flow and remove waste products from patients suffering from lymphedema and for athlete recovery.”
Brush, B.E., Heldt, T. J. (1955) A device for relief of lymphedema. JAMA. 158(1), 34-35.