Vacuum therapy

Devices for vacuum therapy are gaining more and more supporters everywhere where there is a strong emphasis on improving patient comfort and reducing the time to prepare for the treatment. Vacuum therapy itself has a number of benefits and enhances the effectiveness of electrotherapy treatments.

What is vacuum therapy?

Vacuum therapy is a method that uses negative pressure generated inside the device. Thanks to this phenomenon, a set of electrodes for both one-channel and two-channel electrotherapy can be attached to the patient’s body in a very short time. Vacuum itself is a source of beneficial effects on the human body. At the site of application, tissue blood supply is improved. This is because the blood vessels widen and their permeability increases. Improved circulation results in the supply of more nutrients and oxygen. Metabolic products are more easily and faster discharged.

How does vacuum therapy help patients?

Some of the electrotherapy treatments require fixing the electrodes in places where they are secured with Velcro belts. Spinal procedures when the patient is lying on a couch are the perfect sample for this application. In this case, Velcro belts must be placed under the patient. Under such circumstances, a vacuum therapy unit is a great solution. The use of a vacuum therapy unit is not limited to the back area only. With this device, the electrodes can also be attached anywhere, wherever a 50 mm diameter suction cup will be able to adapt to the surface of the body.The use of a vacuum therapy unit which complements the electrotherapy treatment is particularly recommended for bipolar currents and the use of small electrodes. The electrode surface is limited by the size of the suction cup.

Indications and contraindications for the use of vacuum therapy

As mentioned earlier, vacuum therapy in addition to the function of facilitating electrotherapy treatments has in itself a number of beneficial effects on tissue.
In this case, we can mention:

  • Local improvement of circulation
  • Increased removal of metabolic products from the therapy site
  • Stimulation of collagen and elastin production
  • Local extravasation (removal of blood from intravascular spaces)

As a result of these processes, we achieve improvement in the treatment of:

  • Bedsores
  • Backache
  • Inflammation of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and joints
  • Scar

When using a vacuum therapy device, contraindications should also be taken into account.

  • acute and progressive inflammation,
  • bleeding tendency
  • active cancer
  • taking anticoagulants,
  • fever,
  • and several others, the list of which is included in the device’s instruction manual.

At present, devices for vacuum therapy are increasingly used as independent therapeutic devices. The therapeutic factors mentioned earlier make the device effective, for example, in the treatment of wounds. In this case, attach the suction cups around the wound (outside the area). Using vacuum we improve the parameters of the tissue surrounding the wound. It speeds up the regeneration process. Such therapy should not be confused with the negative-pressure wound therapy (NPWT) method, which consists in creating negative pressure over the wound. In this case, dedicated devices and applicators with a special design should be used. Astar does not offer products for NPWT.


Double functionality

Based on ASTAR’s many years of experience in creating professional physical therapy and medical equipment, the Avaco vacuum therapy device has been created.