About Vacuum therapy
Vacuum therapy is a non-invasive manual physiotherapy technique that works on the principle of high and low vacuum. The vacuum is used to stretch the skin and subcutaneous tissue, causing movements in all the supporting structures such as the superficial layer of muscle and connective tissue. The vacuum facilitates increased local oxygen availability and an increased metabolic state of the area where the vacuum therapy is applied.
Why vacuum therapy?
Vacuum therapy stimulates the peripheral nervous system and increases blood flow in areas where circulation is impaired. Tissue adhesions that cause ‘knots’ in the soft tissues are a common problem causing pain. Vacuum therapy is highly effective in relieving pain caused by local adhesions. By stretching the skin and subcutaneous tissue, we stimulate muscles, muscle sheaths, and fascial tissue, which leads to the loosening of adhesions and improved tissue fluidity, resulting in reduced pain intensity.
Vacuum therapy has a positive effect on the purification of the intercellular matrix. The tissue stretching induced by the vacuum increases the availability of nutrients and oxygen to the applied area. Vacuum therapy has a positive effect on reducing muscle tension, increasing local lymphatic flow, accelerating the local removal of toxins, and reducing excessive water retention in the skin and subcutaneous tissue.
Vacuum therapy – effects
The effects of vacuum therapy are not permanent, hence it is only used as an adjunctive therapeutic method within the treatment of pain and injury, where specially targeted exercise and instrumental physiotherapy must play a primary rehabilitation role to achieve a healthy musculoskeletal system on a lasting basis.