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Biomechanical Stimulation Therapy

A Novel Physiotherapy Method for Systemic Sclerosis
  • T. Klyscz
  • G. Rassner
  • G. Guckenberger
  • M. Jünger
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 455)


To improve the mobility of joints, particularly of the finger joints and the mandibular joints and to reduce the edema of the skin, various physical therapies have to be used in patients with SSc. As the quality of patients’ life depends on the use of their fingers and of their mouth, these therapeutics belong to the basic measures in the treatment of SSc. In addition to the manually performed lymph drainage a new method1, the biomechanical stimulation therapy, has proven to be efficacious to improve the mobility of the joints and to reduce the edema in SSc-patients. By devices of various size, longitudinal vibrations are transduced to patients’ body: finger, hand, face, mandibular joint, the oral mucosa, the legs and the trunk. In 6 patients we found: significant (p<0.05) increase of skin score, grip strength, mobility of joints (10–30%). No side effects were observed.

We conclude from these data, that skin, mucosa, joints and patients’ quality of life are improved by the biomechanical stimulation therapy in a clinical relevant degree.


Systemic Sclerosis Mechanical Vibration Mandibular Joint Longitudinal Vibration Skin Score 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Klyscz
    • 1
  • G. Rassner
    • 1
  • G. Guckenberger
    • 1
  • M. Jünger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity Hospital of TübingenTübingenGermany

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