Pressotherapy is a procedure that is said to help with lymphatic drainage, thereby potentially slimming the look of the arms and legs (because they carry less fluid), easing aches and pains, and detoxifying the body. It uses an air pressure machine to inflate a suit that squeezes your arms, legs, or abdomen in a rhythmic motion, similar to a massage.
There is some evidence that lymphatic drainage massage like pressotherapy can reduce the appearance of cellulite and release fluid in the lymph nodes which may build up after surgery or after certain cancer treatments.
This article will cover what you can expect during pressotherapy, who is a good candidate for the treatment, the benefits and side effects, and what you can expect it to cost.
How does Pressotherapy help?
Pressotherapy stimulates the body’s lymphatic system. When it’s functioning optimally, the lymphatic system transports lymphTrusted Source, a fluid that contains white blood cells to help fight infection.
Why is Pressotherapy done?
Pressotherapy provides an alternative to manual lymphatic drainage, done with physical massage. The lymphatic system is part of the circulatory system and necessary for our immune response. It is made up of a network of lymphatic vessels which carries lymph fluid. Lymph fluid is made up of white blood cells, fats and bacteria that build up throughout the body from digestion, for example. The lymphatic system relies on our muscles and movements to drain this fluid. If someone has poor circulation or oedema, for example, pressotherapy can help to drain this fluid.
Pressotherapy can treat various problems, including:
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Pressotherapy is used successfully at the end of sports practice for the treatment of post-traumatic oedema, post-training pain and blood oxygenation.
Pressotherapy has shown excellent results in the treatment of the following aesthetic disorders and problems: cellulite and orange skin; overweight (with accumulation of localized fat); swollen legs and water retention.
At the end of pressotherapy, many patients feel the urinary stimulus. The diuretic effect is normal and depends on the mobilisation of body fluids induced by the treatment itself.
HOW DOES PRESSOTHERAPY WORK?
The Pressotherapy device, by applying pressure on the legs, has positive effects on blood circulation. Its actions also affect fat cells and eliminate cellulite. The machine controls air pressure via specific papers that wrap around the legs, arms, and belly. The machine sends a series of different air pressures to the device, switching between pressing on a limb and then deflating. The pressures exerted by the boots act as a massage conducive to relaxation. They stimulate the immune defense system while stimulating the lymphatic flow. They are adjustable. The compression and decompression rate of the equipment can also be adjusted. Pressure therapy boots are made of fabric. They fill with air and are designed to exert a certain pressure on the legs of a patient at regular intervals. An air compressor is used to keep the tool running. The pressure increase must be done gradually.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Pressotherapy is a very relaxing experience. Immediately after the treatment your legs should feel extremely light and relaxed. Also you may experience an increased urge to urinate because of the mobilization of water.
We usually recommend a course of 6 treatments to achieve the best results though this treatment can be continued as on ongoing treatment for as long as required.
We suggest 2/3 sessions per week totalling 8-15 sessions on each area.
We do not advise more than 3 sessions a week. Clinical trial data has shown that for most people, a course of 8-15 treatments leads to greater results.
You will notice an instant boost immediately after just one treatment but as with all our skin treatments we recommend a minimum course of 6 treatments to obtain optimum results.
You are able to book either a 30 minute or a 60 minute session of Pressotherapy.