From medical student to founder of the pneumatic pulsation therapy
Further development of the cupping method
Stefan Deny was interested in natural science and therapeutics since his youth.
After graduating from high school, he studied medicine in Graz and Vienna from 1941—1944.
During his term as assistant physician at the Hedwigsstift Hospital in Krakow, he became acquainted with several natural healing methods, including the classic cupping therapy. Seen in retrospective, this can be considered the birth of the later Pneumatron®. He not only disliked the technique of application of the cups, but also felt that the vacuum in the cups was too rigid. He was looking for a force, which could bring the entire tissue in motion.
In 1944, Stefan Deny, his brother and his father were arrested by the Gestapo for active resistance against the Nazi regime. Stefan Deny’s father was sentenced to death. The family was forbidden to leave the county and Stefan Deny was unable to complete his studies in Vienna. A severe blow for the promising physician, who had to struggle for his survival with his family and two children after the war.
In 1957, the Deny family left Silesia and founded a jewelry business in Idar-Oberstein; yet Stefan Deny never gave up on his idea of developping therapies and healing methods that didn’t have any side effects. Thanks to the assistance of his wife, Erna, who covered for him at the company, he was able to pursue his own technical development and research. The foundations laid by his medicine studies enabled him to know and analyze processes inside the body.
He worked on developing a device, which loosens up and promotes blood supply to the deeper tissue layers and the musculature through suction waves vibrating vertically to the body surface. His objective was to improve metabolic activity by stimulating blood flow and the lymph system. During his long years of research work, he discovered that the optimum tissue movement could be achieved with a frequency of about 200 pulsations.
The first Pneumatron®
At the end of the 80s, long years of research finally bore fruit: the first prototype, an ancestor of today’s Pneumatron® 200, was built and a patent application was filed. But Stefan Deny was above all a researcher and not a businessman. It was only his daughter, Barbara, who ventured the final step towards complete independence by founding Pneumed GmbH in 1993. Unfortunately, her father did not live to experience the success of this company. He died in 1998.
Not only did he dislike the technique of laborious traditional cupping, he also believed that the vacuum created in the glasses was too rigid.
He was looking for a method to create deep movement in all the tissues.