How Flexitouch Works

Flexitouch System Moves Lymph Fluid to Reduce Swelling

How Flexitouch Works

The Flexitouch System features a programmable controller unit with seventeen different treatment programs. When activated, the air chambers inflate and deflate sequentially, creating a wave-like motion that directs lymph fluid from the impaired areas of the limb toward functioning regions of the body where it can be absorbed and processed. Inflation lasts just a few seconds per chamber.
 
 

Click on the videos below for further Flexitouch instructions:


YouTube-icon-dark[1] Operating the Flexitouch System

YouTube-icon-dark[1] Flexitouch Troubleshooting Video

YouTube-icon-dark[1]Flexitouch - Applying the Lower Extremity Garment

YouTube-icon-dark[1]Flexitouch - Applying the Upper Extremity Garment

YouTube-icon-dark[1]Flexitouch - Applying the Trunk-Thigh and Calf-Foot Lower Extremity Garments

YouTube-icon-dark[1]Flexitouch - Applying the Head and Neck Garments

Lower Extremity Treatment Options

  • Full Leg
  • Full Leg and Core
  • Full Leg Plus

Upper Extremity Treatment Options

  • Arm-Shoulder
  • Full Arm and Core
  • Full Arm

Head and Neck Treatment Options

  • Head, Neck & Vest
  • Head Only

Additional Primary Lower Extremity Treatment Options


Supplemental Treatment Options

Full Leg

PROGRAM L8


This traditional leg treatment moves excess fluid in a distal to proximal direction via multiple chambers. The chambers inflate and deflate in a soothing, continuous wave-like motion. Only one chamber is fully inflated at any point in time.

Approximate treatment time: 45 minutes

How It Works

  • FULL LEG: directs fluid from the toes to the top of the thigh in one continuous motion; cycle repeats

Full Leg and Core

PROGRAM L1


This treatment option provides traditional distal to proximal treatment preceded by proximal clearing of the trunk, thigh, calf, and foot. Enhanced programming and the addition of a core accessory apply treatment that extends past the inguinal area into the trunk, providing comprehensive treatment to patients when clinically appropriate.

Approximate treatment time: 1 hour

How It Works

  • TRUNK: directs fluid from the groin toward the waist; cycle repeats
  • THIGH: directs fluid from the knee toward the top of the thigh; cycle repeats
  • CALF: directs fluid from the ankle toward the knee; cycle repeats
  • FOOT: directs fluid from the foot toward the ankle; cycle repeats
  • FULL LEG AND TRUNK: directs fluid from the toes to the waist in one continuous motion; cycle repeats

Full Leg Plus

PROGRAM L4


This treatment option provides traditional distal to proximal treatment preceded by proximal clearing in the thigh, calf, and foot.

Approximate treatment time: 45 minutes

How It Works

  • THIGH: directs fluid from the knee toward the top of the thigh; cycle repeats
  • CALF: directs fluid from the ankle toward the knee; cycle repeats
  • FOOT: directs fluid from the foot toward the ankle; cycle repeats
  • FULL LEG: directs fluid from the toes to the top of the thigh in one continuous motion; cycle repeats

Full Arm

PROGRAM U7


This traditional arm treatment moves excess fluid in a distal to proximal direction via multiple chambers. The chambers inflate and deflate in a soothing, continuous wave-like motion. Only one chamber is fully inflated at any point in time.

Approximate treatment time: 30 minutes

How It Works

  • FULL ARM: directs fluid from the fingers to the top of bicep in one continuous motion; cycle repeats

Full Arm and Core

PROGRAM U1


This treatment option provides traditional distal to proximal treatment preceded by proximal clearing of the trunk, bicep, forearm, and hand. Enhanced programming and the addition of core accessories applies treatment that extends past the axilla area into the chest and trunk, providing comprehensive treatment to patients when clinically appropriate.

Approximate treatment time: 1 hour

How It Works

  • TRUNK: directs fluid from the waist toward the top of the thigh; cycle repeats
  • CHEST: directs fluid from the shoulder toward the waist; cycle repeats
  • BICEPS: directs fluid from the elbow toward the shoulder; cycle repeats
  • FOREARM: directs fluid from the wrist toward the elbow; cycle repeats
  • HAND: directs fluid from the fingers toward the wrist; cycle repeats
  • FULL ARM, CHEST, AND TRUNK: directs fluid from the fingers to the top of the thigh in one continuous motion; cycle repeats

Arm-Shoulder

PROGRAM U4


This treatment program provides distal to proximal treatment preceded by proximal clearing of the chest, shoulder, bicepts, forearm, and hand. The chambers sequentially inflate and deflate to stimulate and decongest this region of the lymphatic system. Only one chamber is fully inflated at any point in time.

Approximate treatment time: 47 Minutes

How It Works

  • CHEST: directs fluid from the shoulder toward the waist; cycle repeats
  • BICEPS: directs fluid from the elbow toward the shoulder; cycle repeats
  • FOREARM: directs fluid from the wrist toward the elbow; cycle repeats
  • HAND: directs fluid from the fingers toward the wrist; cycle repeats
  • Arm-Shoulder: directs fluid proximally from the fingers up to the shoulder, then to the top of the waist in one continuous motion

Head, Neck & Vest

PROGRAM H1


This program provides therapy to the head, neck and chest areas. The therapy begins with stimulation to adjacent healthy lymph node groups in the chest and axilla to allow for optimal lymph drainage of the head, neck and face

Approximate treatment time: 30-40 minutes

How It Works

  • CHEST: directs fluid from the chest and shoulder laterally toward the underarm area (axilla)
  • NECK: directs fluid from neck and shoulders toward the chest
  • HEAD: directs fluid from head and face toward the neck
  • FULL HEAD, NECK and CHEST: directs fluid from head, neck and face proximally toward the healthy regions of the chest, in one continuous motion.

Head Only

PROGRAM H2


This supplemental program provides additional therapy to the head and neck areas when used in conjunction with the Head, Neck & Vest program.

Approximate treatment time: 15 minutes