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Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve compiled some of the most common questions from patients and clinicians and included them here to help inform you about Lympha Press.
FAQs From Patients
FAQs From Clinicians
FAQs From Patients
Using Your Lympha Press®
People with lymphedema need to compensate for an impaired lymphatic system that does not properly move lymph fluid. This accumulation of excess fluid leads to swelling called “edema.” This swelling is more than just water. It can contain cell waste, bacteria, viruses, and even cancer. Uncontrolled or stagnant edema that is not regularly decongested causes chronic inflammation that leads to the buildup of collagen fibers, causing hardening of the tissue. This is called lymphostatic fibrosis.
Lympha Press uses a garment with air-filled “chambers” to apply a special compression and release sequence to the area being treated. The air chambers are inflated to a precise pressure. They also deflate in a sequence that stimulates the lymphatic capillaries to absorb lymph fluid. The compression and release sequence also stimulates the lymph vessels to propel the fluid out of the area, decongesting it of stagnant lymph fluid. Lymph nodes process the lymph fluid so that it can safely leave the body as urine.
Yes. Remove your compression garments and use your Lympha Press over loose, comfortable clothing. You can use your Lympha Press in the morning before putting on stockings, or in the evening after removing them. Lympha Press should not be used over bare skin. Socks and sweatpants for legs or a long-sleeved T-shirt for arms work well as a liner.
Your therapist may ask you to stimulate the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and groin before and after a Lympha Press treatment using self-manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) techniques. It is always important to consult with a qualified lymphedema therapist to learn any manual techniques for your lymphedema. Deep diaphragmatic breathing during the treatment is also very helpful to facilitate lymphatic function.
About Lympha Press
Because Lympha Press therapy systems are medical devices, a doctor’s order is first needed. Contact us to be connected to your local representative.
Use Lympha Press according to your licensed medical practitioner’s prescription. Treatment time and frequency is usually one or two hour-long sessions per day for lymphedema, venous insufficiency, or lipedema. You may find it helpful to start with short treatments first and slowly increase to the fully prescribed time.
Follow your medical practitioner’s instructions. When your swelling reduces, you may need to reduce the pressure setting. Contact your practitioner before making changes to your treatment program.
Lying down comfortably in bed is the best position for stimulating lymph flow. However, many patients find it more enjoyable to perform treatment sitting on a couch or recliner, with legs elevated (or for arms, with arm supported).
The garments can be easily cleaned by wiping the surface with a mild detergent solution and then with plain water. They can also be cleaned using alcohol wipes or sponged with 70 percent alcohol. If cleaning with alcohol, work in a well-ventilated area and use gloves. Allow to dry before using.
Wear non-binding comfortable clothing without buttons or zippers. Sweatpants and socks for legs, and long-sleeved shirt for arms are good choices. To prevent irritation and perspiration, do not wear Lympha Press garments directly over bare skin.
Follow the troubleshooting guide in the user manual. Be sure to check that the power cord is inserted securely into the back of the pump and that all hoses are properly seated and connected. If the problem continues, call the phone number on your Lympha Press for assistance.
Some Lympha Press models are multi-voltage and can be used in other countries with an adaptor plug. Other models may require a voltage converter to convert the electricity from the wall socket to the required voltage. Check your user manual or contact Lympha Press for voltage requirements and limitations.
FAQs From Clinicians