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Chattanooga Fluidotherapy Double Extremity Unit

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CHAT-FLU115D

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Fluidotherapy Dry heat therapy. Fluidization causes finely divided particles to acquire the characteristics of fluid.

The Chattanooga Fluidotherapy Double Extremity Unit treats up to two hands or feet, independently or simultaneously, and includes 40 lbs. of Cellex Dry Heat Media.

The unit is electronically programmable and features adjustable controls that allow quick temperature regulation. Each unit includes an automatic timer, wake-up pre-heater mode, and locking casters.

Offers time, temperature, and airspeed adjustments. Fluidotherapy can be delivered in two modes: continuous or pulsed. Pulsed fluidotherapy is delivered every six seconds. Treatment time ranges from one to 99 minutes.

Adjust the temperature from 88°F to 125°F. Selecting 50% airspeed and providing 115° to 118° heat therapy delivers optimal performance.

What's Included:

  • Model FLU115D Treatment Unit
  • Cellex Dry Heat Media 40lbs.

Clinical Indications:

  • Relief of local pain
  • Management of minor pain and stiffness in non-rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Increase localized blood circulation
  • Management of joint range of motion when combined with exercise

Examples of common applications:

  • Relief of local pain
  • Exercise
  • Tissue heating
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Increased blood flow
  • Decreased ROM
  • Other conditions where heat is appropriate

Contraindications

  • Where cancerous lesions are present in the treatment area

Features and Benefits

  • Dry heat increases circulation and assists in pain relief
  • Massaging Action provides warmth, increased local circulation and pain diminishing effects to help increase joint range of motion
  • Limb Buoyancy allows patients to freely perform a variety of resistive exercises with increased mobility and decreased pain. The fluidized Cellex particles act like a low viscosity fluid, allowing limbs to be suspended much like in a liquid state.
  • Promote tissue healing
  • Heat induced vasodilation
  • Increases localized blood flow
  • Increases cellular metabolism and regeneration of healthy tissue via improved oxygen consumption
  • Improves joint range of motion due to increased collagen elasticity Sensory stimulation
  • Gentle sensory stimulation of the skin through rubbing of the Cellex¨ particles against the skin surface
  • Stimulates skin mechanoreceptors
  • Induces a cutaneous micro massage, helping to decrease pain and increase range of motion
  • Air flow and high/low features create an antigravity effect that maintains the limb in a buoyant, elevated position to aid in the movement of fluid and help prevent the build up of edema
  • The effectiveness of Fluidotherapy was compared with Hydrotherapy and Paraffin wax treatments by in vivo temperature measurements of the joint capsule and muscles of the hands and feet. Fluidotherapy applied at 118°F resulted in a maximum joint capsule temperature rise of 16.2°F and a 9.5°F rise in muscle temperature. This was compared to a 13.5°F and 8.1°F rise in temperature, respectively for Paraffin wax treatments. Lastly, Hydrotherapy bath applied at 102°F resulted in only a 10.8°F rise in joint capsule temperature and 7.7°F rise in muscle temperature. [Comparison of In Vivo Temperature Produced by Hydrotherapy, Paraffin Wax and Fluidotherapy. Borrell RM, Parker R, Henley EJ, Masley D, Repinecz]
  • Measurements of time integrated heat absorption by a hand immersed in a Fluidotherapy unit at 120°F, a Whirlpool at 105.2°F and a Paraffin wax bath at 126°F show the average heat absorption to be 17.2, 5.6 and 4.8 BTU respectively during a 15 minute treatment. [Fluidotherapy: Evaluation of a New Heat Modality? Borrell RM, Henley EJ, Ho P, Hubbell MK]
  • Where open wounds are present in the treatment area
  • When patients are suspected of carrying serious infectious diseases
  • Systemic infectious diseases where it is advisable to suppress heat or fevers
  • Severe circulatory obstruction disorders (arterial, venous, or lymphatic)

Fluidotherapy

  • Dry heat therapy.
  • Fluidization causes finely divided particles to acquire the characteristics of fluid. Evidence-Based Guide to Therapeutic Physical Agents.
  • So how does this work Fluidotherapy is a dry thermal physical agent that transfers its energy (i.e. heat) to soft tissues by forced convection. Evidence-Based Guide to Therapeutic Physical Agents.
  • What is forced convection It is defined as the process of heat transfer through the forced movements of heated air and Cellex (made of natural cellulose) particles in the chamber, which together are circulated around the extremity being treated. Evidence-Based Guide to Therapeutic Physical Agents.
  • So what is Fluidotherapy? It is defined as: A modality of dry heat that uses a suspended air stream with the properties of a liquid. It simultaneously performs the functions of applied heat, massage, sensory stimulation, levitation and pressure oscillations. Mosbys Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Allied Health.
  • Dry Heat Therapy relieves localized pain, increases localized blood circulation, increases range of motion and relieves minor pain and stiffness associated with nonrheumatoid arthritis.
  • Single Extremity Unit is for treating the hand, wrist, elbow, foot and ankle. Includes thirty pounds (13.6 kg) of Cellex Dry Heat Media.

Technical Specifications:

Dedicated circuit is recommended

Mains Power 120V, 50/60 Hz, 11A
Product Weight 60 lb 
Shipping Weight 100 lb 
Dimensions 34" x 18.5" x 33" 
Variable Adjustments Time, Temperature and Air Speed
Modes of Operation Continuous and Pulsed
Pulse Mode OFF to 6 seconds; ON/OFF
Treatment Time 1-99 minutes and Continuous
Operating Temperature Dependent upon Air Speed selected 88° F to 125° F (31°C to 52°C)
Optimal Performance 115° to 118° at 50% Air Speed
Air Speed 0% to 100% (5% increments)
Safety Class Class I, Type B
Safety Tests UL 60601-1

 

Accessories

  • Cellex Dry Heat Media

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