Lipoedema (Lipedema)

What is Lipoedema? Lipoedema (NOT Lymphoedema) is a chronic, hereditary and genetic disorder of the adipose tissue (or body fat) which can be both disfiguring and painful. It predominantly affects women (although men can also suffer) from the age of puberty and beyond. Sufferers may have a normal slim (upper) body shape but a much larger disproportionate lower body below the waist without changes made to diet or exercise regime, in some cases, upper arms are effected too. As Lipoedema progresses, additional, expanding fat cells interfere with the pathways of lymphatic vessels and sufferers can develop secondary Lymphoedema and it then becomes known as Lipo-Lymphoedema. The effects of Lipoedema on the patient can also cause great psychological distress for the sufferer. It is very important for people with lipoedema to eat a healthy diet and follow a programme of low impact exercises such as swimming, walking or cycling.

2021: Lipoedema - Lornas Story: Lorna Taggart from Isle of Skye, has battled lipoedema all her adult life. Broadcaster John McDiarmid is Lorna’s brother and has been filming with her since early 2019, not long after she was diagnosed. The film charts Lorna's journey from her teens through to today as a full-time teacher and mother of three, still facing a future dictated by a condition that very few understand, and that medical practitioners often fail to identify. 

2020 Latest News: Kinvara Private Hospital recently invited PhysioPod UK to provide written content on Deep oscillation which is linked to on #Lymphoedema and #Lipoedema info pages 

References and published articles - please click here

Clinical effects of DEEP OSCILLATION® prove helpful for the symptoms of Lipoedema and for pre and post liposuction


The athermal mechanical mode of action of deep oscillation can induce the following clinically documented effects in treated tissue:


  • Strong pain-alleviating potential. This applies to acute traumatic as well as to chronic pain conditions [2-11].
  • Anti-inflammatory effect [12, 13].
  • Prevention and reduction of secondary and primary lymphoedema, as well as reduction of oedema in lipoedema [2, 4, 6, 14-17].
  • Prevention of fibrotic remodelling processes, reduction of fibrosis [2, 14, 15, 18].
  • Muscle relaxation, mobilisation, functional improvement and improved ROM [4, 7, 18-20].
  • Support of wound healing processes [1, 21, 22].
  • Normalisation of haemodynamic parameters of the skin, correction of aesthetic-neurotic problems and influence on biological ageing through preventive effects on premature ageing [23].
  • Accelerated recovery after intensive physical workout [24, 25]
  • Decongestion and functional improvement in obstructive pulmonary conditions [26, 27]



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DEEP OSCILLATION® Lipoedema references

  • Plastic Surgery Recovery Handbook Paperback (Author) Kathleen Helen Lisson CLT – July 7, 2019
  • Lipedema Treatment Guide: A Certified Lymphedema Therapist's advice for her clients with lipedema. (Author) Kathleen Helen Lisson CLT  | Jul 17, 2018 
  • Lipoedema UK Publication – Practical Guidance for Patients Considering Liposuction as an Option for Managing Lipoedema 2018 
  • Wounds International: Use of the HIVAMAT® 200 with manual lymphatic drainage in the management of lower-limb lymphoedema and lipoedema Date: 21 March 2018 Author(s): Isabel Teo, Anna Coulborn, DA Munnoch 
  • Practice Nursing, July 2017 "Lipoedema complicated by secondary lymphoedema" Dr Anne Williams, Isobel MacEwan Practice Nursing | Vol 28 | No 7 | July 2017 | pp 284–289
  • Wounds UK. Best Practice Guidelines: The Management of Lipoedema. London: Wounds UK, 2017
  • Best practice guidelines for the management of lipoedema D Hardy, A Williams - British journal of community nursing, 2017
  • Nourollahi S., Mondry TE, Fall KL (2013): Bucher's Broom and Selenium Improve Lipedema: A Retrospective Case Study. Aging Integ Med 2 (4), 119.


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DEEP OSCILLATION® THERAPY For Lipoedema - how it began...


MLD Therapists using DEEP OSCILLATION® were the first to bring the condition known as Lipoedema to the attention of the Directors at PhysioPod®, they have since increased their knowledge considerably of the condition via UK organisations and sufferers themselves who are now self-managing with the DEEP OSCILLATION® personal.


in 2009 Lynora Kennedy wrote:

"I became very excited after working on a client who has Lipo-Lymphoedema.  As many MLD therapists will know, this condition can be exasperating, not just for the client, but for the therapist too, as improvement in the condition can take a long time.  I have been seeing Mrs M for some years, doing twice yearly 10 day DLT treatments as well as monthly treatments.  She is very compliant, and keeps the bandaging on between the daily DLT appointments.  The results have been OK, but nothing outstanding - until I used the HIVAMAT® 200.  I wouldn't go so far as to say it 'revolutionised' her treatment, but something pretty close!  She enjoyed the treatment immensely, and found it profoundly relaxing (she has a very stressful job and is carer for a family member, so physically tired most of the time).  The volume loss was quite spectacular for lipo-lymphoedema and she was able to go into over the counter compression tights for the first time in about 25 years.  This is maintaining, 15 months on from the first HIVAMAT® 200 treatment.  I see her every 3rd week, and have managed one 10 day DLT session with her this year - volume loss was measured in the hundreds, rather than tens, of millilitres.  Her pain levels are negligible and her general health has improved too"


DEEP OSCILLATION® appears extensively in the latest German Lymphological Information Online Booklet on Lipoedema - (Tiefenoszillation) is DEEP OSCILLATION®



PhysioPod have been delighted to be involved, from an early stage, with all three UK Lipoedema Support Groups 

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Lipoedema UK,  Lipoedema Ladies and  TALK Lipoedema are three very well run support groups led by friendly and professional individuals. PhysioPod® have attended all of their Conferences and Events in the UK, providing demonstrations and taster sessions of DEEP OSCILLATION® and happily sharing group event news via social media helping to promote awareness of Lipoedema and Lipo-Lymphoedema to the general public and allied healthcare professionals.


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PhysioPod® provide demonstrations and taster sessions at all group events and have made many friends in the process





PhysioPod™ UK Ltd is not affiliated with FDRS and are hosting their videos pursuant to a license from FDRS. FDRS is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by adipose tissue disorders through research, education, advocacy and collaboration. Please visit for more information on lipedema and other adipose tissue disorders.  Copyright 2015 Fat Disorders Research Society. All rights reserved.


Click links further down to see a round up of support and activities with the three groups in the UK and the educational videos from

FDRS (non-affiliated with PhysioPod™ UK Ltd)  


Lipoedema UK and PhysioPod® UK Limited - A round up of activities between Lipoedema UK and PhysioPod® UK Limited

Lipoedema Ladies and PhysioPod® UK Limited - A round up of activities between Lipoedema Ladies and PhysioPod® UK Limited

About FDRS - A welcome to FDRS from Cheyenne Brinson, Volunteer and FDRS Board Member

Diagnosing Lipedema (Lipoedema) Interview & Practical Examination - With Patient, Dr Karen Herbst, Clinician, FDRS Medical /Scientific Advisory Board and Yvonne Russell, RN, CLT, Vice President of FDRS

Talk Lipoedema and PhysioPod® UK Limited - A round up of activities between Talk Lipoedema and PhysioPod® UK Limited

Liposuction for Lipedema (Lipoedema) Videos - Liposuction for Lipedema (Lipoedema) Videos With Drs. Stutz, Amron, Emer and Assessing Lipedema (Lipoedema) Post Liposuction with Dr. Herbst

Everything You Need to Know About… Deep Oscillation - PhysioPod were delighted to talk about Deep Oscillation as a non surgical option in Lipoedema management for The Karri Clinic as part of their excellent month long work to promote #Lipoedema Awareness in June.

Physical and Emotional Effects of Lipedema (Lipoedema) - Video: The Physical and Emotional effects of Lipedema (Lipoedema) with Dr. Stutz, FDRS Medical/Scientific Advisory Board

Linda-Anne Kahn on Nutrition - Nutrition for Lipedema (Lipoedema) from Linda-Anne Kahn, FDRS Medical/Scientific Advisory Board

Patient Advocate - Insurance - Sunstein-Murphy - Education informational on insurance (US) from Sunstein-Murphy

Patient Advocate - A Day In The Life Of - Yvonne Russell - Yvonne Russell, RN, CLT, Vice President and Conference Chair of FDRS, Owner of Lipedema Products, Patient Advocate, Lipedema Compression and Product Specialist

Patient Advocate - Sarah Bramblette - Sarah Bramblette, Patient Advocate & Graduate Student, Master of Science, Health Law, presenting on her personal story of lipedema/lymphedema/lipo-lymphedema.

Fat Disorders Research Society: Videos - The Fat Disorders Research Society have worked diligently to produce a series of educational videos for medical professionals and sufferers regarding Lipoedema (Lipedema). The 2014 videos were made during the FDRS conference and the 2015 videos were made to educate people on different aspects of the fat disorders. All videos are posted with permission from the Fat Disorders Research Society (FDRS). PhysioPod™ UK Ltd is not affiliated with FDRS and are hosting these videos pursuant to a license from FDRS. FDRS is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by adipose tissue disorders through research, education, advocacy and collaboration. Please visit for more information on lipedema and other adipose tissue disorders. Copyright 2015 Fat Disorders Research Society. All rights reserved.

Treatments for Lipedema (Lipoedema) - Treatments for Lipedema (Lipoedema) from Steve Norton, CLT. Executive Director, The Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy

Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Lipedema (Lipoedema) - Manual Lymphatic Drainage for Lipedema (Lipoedema) from Molly Nettles, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, STAR/C, GRU Cancer Centre

Yoga for Lymphatic Health - from Edely L. Wallace, E-RYT, CYT, CDT, MLD, MT

Dry Brushing Upper & Lower Body - Dry Brushing Upper & Lower Body with Yvonne Russell RN, CLT and Molly Nettles OTR/L, CLT-LANA, STAR/C

Dercum's Disease - Dercum's Disease - Dr Karen Herbst, Clinician, FDRS Medical/Scientific Advisory Board




DEEP OSCILLATION® THERAPY For Lipoedema appears in PCNR first edition


2014 Primary Care Nursing Review Feature DEEP OSCILLATION® therapy for Lipoedema, Lymphoedema and Lipo Lymphoedema




Lipoedema E-Learning module appears in AACP Newsletter alerting

Chartered Physiotherapists to the condition


Since PhysioPod® became involved with Lipoedema support groups they have actively promoted awareness of Lipoedema at the Physiotherapist Conferences they have attended.  One lady returning to thank them some months later, a Physiotherapist herself, who had taken the Lipoedema UK information to her GP and after years of suffering, got a diagnosis and was referred for treatment.


Lipoedema UK'S Big Survey revealed that only 1% of Physiotherapists were aware of Lipoedema.


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In November 2014, PhysioPod® had the pleasure of exhibiting at the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.  PhysioPod® promoted awareness of Lipoedema to CSP's at the event and they also had a meeting with the CEO of AACP Caspar Van Dongen who felt it was important to share the Lipoedema UK/RCGP elearning course with AACP members in their December 2014 Newsletter reporting that:-

"In Germany and Holland it is the Physiotherapists that are leading the way with treatment for Lipoedema sufferers. Ladies and some gents, really struggle with pain, bruising, ‘heavy legs’ and have posture/gait/flat foot problems, which do get worse if untreated. Physios can recommend appropriate exercises that are low impact.  If Lipoedema isn’t diagnosed early and education/treatment sought then it can lead to Lipo-Lymphoedema so ladies have an abnormal fat deposition and abnormal fluid build-up because of an impaired lymphatic system."  This online course takes half an hour to complete, is worth one hour of CPD and is free to AACP members.

Follow the link to this free CPD opportunity HERE.  Once you have complete the course you should email and ask to be included in the practitioners register which is currently being compiled by the medical team at Lipoedema UK (Registered Charity No 1157716)"





A big thank you from PhysioPod to CEO of AACP - Caspar Van Dongen



Click below for DEEP OSCILLATION® Lipoedema Testimonials


See below for selection of testimonials received..


2014 Caroline provides feedback on using a PhysioPod® for Lipoedema and Fibromyalgia



(To view study of its benefits with Fibromyalgia please click here)



2014 Louise provides feedback of her use of the PhysioPod® for Lipoedema

"After myself and my mother were diagnosed with Lipoedema last year we found huge benefits from receiving regular manual lymphatic drainage treatments. As good as that is, financially it just isn't possible for us to go weekly. So when the Hivamat was recommended to us a few months ago by a well-respected MLD therapist (we hadn't heard about Deep Oscillation therapy) we wanted to find out more. We were given a demonstration of her Hivamat, and were so impressed that Mum decided to take the chance and invest in a personal unit for us to both use. We can't begin to say how much of a difference it has made - to come home, use the unit for 20 minutes, and for it to take the heavy, fluidy, feeling out of our legs and arms and more importantly to relieve any pain. Thanks to the Hivamat, we have been able to halve the number of MLD massages we go for. Although it seems so gentle when using it, the massage helps to move a lot of fluid out of limbs. We would have no hesitation in recommending the Hivamat to anyone, especially other sufferers of Lipoedema"  

Louise, Scotland, United Kingdom


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