What is ECP Therapy?

High Blood Pressure Treatments in Auckland NZ

High blood pressure means that with every heartbeat, your heart is having to work harder than normal in order to send blood through the rest of your body. Recent data has shown that 1 in 5 New Zealanders have high blood pressure. Often high blood pressure can affect individuals overtime without them being aware. The dangers of not undertaking high blood pressure treatments include it leading to severe conditions, such as kidney failure, a stroke, or heart attack. AT ECP Health in Auckland, we aim to bring awareness to local communities of the severities and complications that may arise with high blood pressure and the safe, non-invasive methods we offer to circulate the blood naturally in order to lower blood pressure.

Blood Circulation Treatments in Auckland

Here in Auckland, we provide blood circulation treatment without the use of needles, medication, or surgical incisions. We are able to gently compress blood vessels to produce increased blood flow to the heart. Traditionally, lifestyle changes and medication are recommended. Though this can help regulate blood pressure, it can be difficult to control, especially with cases of blood pressure readings being considered too high to manage with regular medical treatment.

Our blood circulation treatments are essential for sustaining good health. The circulation that ECP therapy creates through non-invasive methods causes oxygen to flow throughout the body for optimal blood circulation. Our Auckland patients have found that they are able to live healthier, more active lives with these blood circulation treatments.

External Counterpulsation (ECP) Circulation Therapy is FDA approved, non- invasive, safe treatment which is very efficient in treating the symptoms of heart disease, cardiovascular & circulatory health problems. This is achieved by enhancing blood flow and improving circulation, which helps strengthen the cardiovascular system.

Using blood pressure cuffs to help improve blood flow through the body, ECP Therapy promotes the development of new blood vessels to naturally bypass coronary blockages, restoring the flow of healthy, oxygenated blood to the heart. As a result, ECP Therapy reduces symptoms of heart disease such as chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath; increases energy and stamina; and returns cardiovascular patients to activities and a lifestyle previously thought not possible for people suffering from heart disease and other cardiovascular issues.

The enhanced supply of oxygen-rich blood flow to your entire body will result in a noticeable improvement in the function of your internal organs, eyes, muscles, skin and all your outer extremities that need nutrients for sustaining efficient function in overall health and wellness. ECP Therapy also aids the rehabilitation process for muscle, ligament and tendon injuries of the body.

ECP Therapy treatments are low risk, relaxing and provide significant improvement to virtually every patient that completes a full course of ECP Therapy.


How does ECP Therapy work?

The ECP Therapy treatment gently but firmly compresses the blood vessels in the lower limbs to increase blood flow to your heart. Each wave of pressure is electronically timed to the heartbeat, so that the increased blood flow is delivered to your heart at the precise moment it is relaxing. When the heart pumps again, pressure is released instantaneously. This lowers resistance in the blood vessels in the legs so that blood may be pumped more easily from your heart.

ECP Therapy may encourage blood vessels to open small channels that become extra branches. These channels or collaterals may eventually become “natural bypass” vessels to provide blood flow to heart muscle. This contributes to the relief of heart disease and cardiovascular symptoms.

Benefits of ECP Therapy

  • Heart Disease Prevention
  • Strengthens Heart
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Increases Circulation
  • Improvement in oxygen consumption (VO2)
  • Strengthens the heart muscle by reviving parts of the heart that have hibernated from lack of blood flow
  • Improvement in sexual function for men
  • Increase in perfusion creates natural bypasses around narrowed arteries in the heart as well as other organs such as the lungs, kidneys, liver & the brain
  • Regression of atherosclerosis
  • Promotion of Collateralization
  • Reduction in Angina & Heart Failure symptoms & classifications
  • Decrease Medication
  • Improvement in ventricular function
  • Increase in cardiac output
  • Decrease in cardiac workload
  • Release in growth factors
  • Reduction in Angina & Heart Failure symptoms & classifications
  • Decrease Medication
  • Sustainable Increase in Coronary Perfusion
  • Sustainable relief of symptoms related to Ischemic Heart disease
  • Decrease workload of the heart
  • Retrograde Arterial Flow (Shear Stress) increases endothelial function
  • Peripheral Training effects (similar to exercise)
  • Cardiac Remodelling (stunned & hibernated myocardium)