External Counterpulsation (ECP) Therapy

External Counterpulsation (ECP) Therapy



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ECP therapy is cleared for treatment of chronic stable angina which result from restricted blood flow to heart muscles due to obstruction of the arteries. It is also used to provide improvement in vasodilationincrease VO2 and increase blood flow.

 

YOUR BLOOD TRAVELS 100,000 MILES*

That’s the amount of blood vessels in an adult human body. With every heartbeat, your blood covers the whole distance on a vital mission: to carry nutrients and oxygen all parts of our body. The heart, brain, kidneys, liver, and every other part of the body rely on good blood flow to maintain health and wellness. Good blood circulation is essential in the functioning of the immune system and regulation of body’s temperature, water and salt.

 

WHEN CIRCULATION IS BLOCKED, SO IS HEALTH

When blood paths are obstructed, our health is affected. This can cause: INCREASE RISK OF HEART DISEASE, FATIGUE AND WEAKNESS, SHORTNESS OF BREATH AND DIZZINESS, NUMBNESS IN CHEST,BODY,NECK,JAW,SHOULDER…,LEG SWELLING AND MANY MORE.

 

A KNOWN & TRUSTED METHOD

Healthy blood circulation means a healthy body. This fundamental of enhancing life is shared by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. ECP therapy has been used by doctors for decades.

 

More than 200 peer-reviewed studies have been published on its benefits and safety.

Some of its benefits**:

  • Enhances oxygenated blood flow and strengthens heart muscle.
  • Increases blood circulation throughout the body and other organs such as the brain, skin, kidneys and liver.
  • Reduces arterial stiffness.
  • Anti-inflammation.
  • Improvement in vasodilation.
  • Positive impact on cardiovascular fitness.
  • Increases VO2 and blood flow.
  • Reduces lactic acid following exercise.

 

HOW DOES ECP THERAPY WORK?

ECP Therapy is a non-surgical process that enhance blood circulation. During a therapy session, a therapist wraps cuffs (similar to blood pressure cuffs) around your calves, thighs and hips. Application of ECG enables the ECP system to time its compression to the rhythm of your heartbeat. When the heart is at rest, air is pump into the cuffs in a sequential manner from the calves (1), to the thighs (2), then to the hip (3). Prior to the next heartbeat, all 3 sets of cuffs are deflated simultaneously.

 

ECP Therapy is soothing and relaxing and feels like a lower body massage.

 

FAQ

What does ECP Therapy feel like?

It feels like a firm massage with pressure applied to the hips and legs at regular interval. The intensity of the pressure is adjustable to ensure a comfortable and effective treatment.

Are there side effect to ECP Therapy?

If the cuffs are not adjusted properly or the pressure is set too high for you, tenderness or bruising may occur. Extra padding can be arranged and the pressure setting can be adjusted to your comfort. Individual with blood clots or past history of blood clots should not undergo ECP Therapy.

If you have any condition list under the contraindications, you should not undergo ECP Therapy.

How long does one session of ECP Therapy take?

For treatment of chronic stable angina, the established treatment time is 60 minutes per session. For other individuals, therapy duration may be advised by a healthcare professional.

How may sessions are require for a full course of therapy?

For treatment of chronic stable angina, the established duration is 35 treatment sessions over 7 to 8 weeks (approximately 4 to 5 treatment sessions per week). For other individuals, therapy duration may be advised by a healthcare professional.

Note: The results of ECP Therapy may vary between individuals. This is intended as information, not for advice. If you need medical advice, please consult a physician.

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