HIVAMAT assisted Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) relieves knee replacement pain

by richard on February 17, 2015

imagesKen (not his real name) is an active, healthy man in his early 70’s who came to me with pain and swelling from a recent knee replacement. He had finished physical therapy, but still had restricted range of motion and pain in and around the new knee joint. His entire leg on the affected side was swollen with his upper thigh being a bit larger and his lower leg, especially around the ankle and the top of his foot being puffy and having moderate pitting (pitting is when pressing a thumb gently on the affected area makes a deep indentation in the skin). Ken wore a below the knee compression stocking on the affected lower leg. (Click Here to see HIVAMAT videos and learn more.)

There are some differences in a HIVAMAT assisted lymphatic session and a “regular bodywork session”.

  • Most lymphatic sessions have a typical pattern that is different from regular body work. Treatment follows the flow of the lymphatic system in the body. This dictates the order of what body part gets worked on first and how the treatment progresses. I’ll talk more about the difference between Manual Lymph Drainage and “regular bodywork” in another post.

Next and most obvious is the HIVAMAT 200. The HIVAMAT technology enhances the effects of Manual Lymph Drainage in many ways:

  • It lowers pain quickly by how it affects the nervous system. It does this by interrupting the pain signals from thebody to the brain, similar to a TENS unit.
  • It helps quiet the Sympathetic Nervous System, the part of the nervous system that is associated with stress and increasing heart rate and blood pressure.
  • The HIVAMAT decreases swelling, and the irritation to the surrounding tissue, by generating a penetrating electromagnetic pulse that attracts and pushes Ken’s tissue gently against my hand. The HIVAMAT then turns the attracting pulse on and off anywhere from 5 to 200 times a second. By doing this, the HIVAMAT stimulates the body’s lymph vessels and “opens up” surrounding muscles and fascia, allowing the body to move the swelling out.   

I started the session like most all lymphatic sessions, by working on Ken’s neck to open and activate the lymphatic system. The neck contains one third of all the lymph nodes in the body and is where is largest lymph vessels empty filtered, clean lymph back into the blood just above the heart. Next I worked on Ken’s abdomen, then his thigh, affected knee and lower leg. I did this twice, once at a high frequency setting (150) and once at a low frequency setting (20). The word frequency refers to the number of times a second the HIVAMAT attracts/pushes and releases the tissue.

The effect of the first session was impressive to Ken.

  1. Gained approximately 15 degrees of pain-free range of motion in his new knee.
  2. Drew down the swelling (edema) and heat around the new knee joint.
  3. Noticeable reduction of the swelling (edema) above the new knee and in the lower leg, ankle, and foot.

The HIVAMAT is a unique technology that assists and enhances Manual Lymph Drainage and Myofascial Release. To learn more about the HIVAMAT and watch videos about it, CLICK HERE. Contact/email us with any questions.


Richard Maas is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Lymphatic Therapist, drummer, and gardener. He and his wife Dianne started practicing massage in 1990.

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