Only On WLOS.com | New therapy puts ailments under pressure


    A CVAC machine at 8th Element in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    At 8th Element in Asheville, patients can experience altitude pressure without enduring actual heights with the help of Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning (CVAC).

    The CVAC machine is one of the newest kinds of therapy and its operation is simple. Beth Carver, a practitioner at 8th Element, described it as "changing the altitude and the pressure inside the tube. That's what gives you the lymphatic effect, flushes the lymphatic system, and tells your body to make more red blood cells."

    A CVAC machine at 8th Element in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    Patient Chris Jennings has only been using the CVAC machine for a few months but said she is already seeing a huge difference in her health.

    "I really noticed the biggest change after my third treatment. I had lost six pounds just in water," Jennings said.

    A CVAC machine at 8th Element in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    Jennings suffers from lymphedema, which means her lymphatic system is unable to rid her body of waste and fluid. So, for years, her body has been swollen and uncomfortable.

    "My rings fit better. I'm able to wear boots for the first time in years," she said of the changes she's experienced. "I went and bought a pair of boots because they fit around my calves."

    Jennings says she's also going days without wearing compression garments, sleeping better, and walking without getting winded.

    But this machine is not just for those suffering from lymphedema.

    A CVAC machine at 8th Element in Asheville, North Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    It was actually designed to help elite athletes recover faster and gain a competitive edge.

    Practitioners say it could even help with brain injuries.

    "This is wonderful for alleviating deep swelling in the brain that comes with a concussion or brain injury of any kind," Carver said.

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