Breast Care Nurse at Memorial Hospital Darlington receives a HIVAMAT 200 from funds raised by the ladies of the local lymphoedema support group.

PhysioPod were delighted to be contacted by Margaret Stapler in the Autumn of 2013. Members of her Lymphoedema Support Group had raised funds to buy Susan Bartle, Breast Care Nurse her own HIVAMAT 200 following a demo to the group provided by fellow Lymphoedema Therapist, Pamela de Chaumont-Rambert from Dales Therapy.

Sue Bartle, Breast Cancer Nurse receiving the HIVAMAT® 200 pictured centre. Margaret Stabler, is left of Sue

Following the demonstration by Pamela the lymphoedema ladies support group they set their sites on raising money for the HIVAMAT® 200.  They organised a "pie and peas" night with a tombola stall, stand up bingo, "guess the name of the dog" and a raffle. All of this was done without the knowledge of Sue.  With the funds raised and a generous donation from an anonymous source, they had the funds in place to purchase.  In early December, Sue travelled to Nottingham and had training with Julie and has since been using with confidence in her clinic for the lymphoedema patients in her care. Below are the notes received from Sue and Pamela.


arm lymphoedema

The HIVAMAT® 200 applied through gloved hands is very effective for the treatment of Primary and Secondary Lymphoedema, Lipoedema and Lipo-Lymphoedema


“Thankyou to the ladies who raised the funds to buy our lymphoedema service a Hivamat machine. It is greatly appreciated. I am having great success with it, reducing oedema in ladies who have had treatment for breast cancer. Obviously I am still in the early stages of using it and am learning all the time. Most of the women are very pleased with the results, wether it be for breast swelling following radiotherapy and/or arm swelling following axillary surgery. I start off gradually with 20 mins and increase week on week for arms and 10 mins initially for swollen breasts. I do this weekly for about 6 weeks and then monthly for maintenance. One of my ladies is so impressed she has bought her own hand held one! It has definitely changed the way I work.”

‘Hivamat’ Demonstration

Late last year I was invited by a local Breast Cancer Support Group in the North East to demonstrate ‘Deep Oscillation Therapy’. I went along to meet the group in March this year and was met by an enthusiastic bunch of ladies. Over the course of an hour or so I introduced the Hivamat to the group, none of whom had any prior experience of it. I then delivered some ‘taster’ treatments to the willing volunteers and took questions from the group. The demonstration was very well received as a result I now hear the group have raised the necessary funds to buy their own unit. I am absolutely delighted that more patients will now benefit from this effective therapy.
Pam de Chaumont-Rambert
Vodder MLDuk/DLT, Bowen MBTPA
Dales Therapy