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Pressotherapy: what are the pros and cons

Pressotherapy is a type of mechanical lymphatic drainage that helps to empty the body, combat cellulite, but not only. It can be quite beneficial in post-surgery in some situations, such as in the case of mastectomy.

What is pressotherapy?

Pressotherapy has the effect of a manual massage, specifically a lymphatic drainage, only instead of manual it is mechanical. It consists of a procedure in which the legs and arms are inserted into boots and sleeves and a hanger on the abdomen that compresses and decompresses the intervention areas. Compression is done in a rhythmic way, which facilitates blood circulation and reactivates the lymphatic system, thus reducing fluid retention in the body.

The sessions last between 30 and 50 minutes depending on the selected treatment and can be performed either in aesthetic clinics or in physiotherapy clinics. It should be noted that it must be performed by qualified professionals for this purpose.

In what cases is it recommended?

Pressotherapy is a highly effective treatment for eliminating excess fluids in the body and is also used:

After plastic surgery or cosmetic treatment;

To fight cellulite;

To empty or shape the body;

In the treatment of lymphoedema in the arm after mastectomy;

In people with small varicose veins and fluid retention;

When there is a case of chronic venous insufficiency, which triggers symptoms such as swelling, eczema and causes pain, fatigue and a feeling of heaviness in the legs;

During pregnancy (legs only).

Benefits of pressotherapy

Pressotherapy works on circulatory diseases, lymph nodes and muscles. Therefore, the benefits are different.

The most important are:

Greater oxygenation of the organism
Decreased blood pressure
Removal of metabolic waste;

Reduces muscle tension
Provides muscle relaxation
Tones the muscles and shapes the body and the silhouette.


As with any other invasive or non-invasive treatment, pressotherapy also has some contraindications and should not be performed when the person manifests one of the following symptoms/conditions:



Large varicose veins;

Heart failure or arrhythmia
Numbness in the areas to be addressed
Deep vein thrombosis;

If you have coronary bypass;

Infection of lymph nodes;


Breach not yet consolidated.

In addition, it is not recommended to do so in the abdominal area when the woman is pregnant.

It should be noted that the treatments only have the desired effect if the individual makes changes to their lifestyle, such as changing their diet, regular exercise, drinking between 1.5 and 2 liters of water. one day and avoid drinking alcohol, coffee and tobacco.

Differences between lymphatic drainage and pressotherapy

The main difference between the two treatments relates to the equipment used: in lymphatic drainage, the treatment consists in putting pressure on key areas of the body to achieve the desired result, in pressotherapy it is a device that exerts this pressure equally for the whole body.

Between one and the other, lymphatic drainage can be more effective as the body is treated by areas, and the therapist can devote more attention and time to an area that needs more intervention.

Therefore, lymphatic drainage can be a solution if you want to work more areas than others and pressotherapy if you want to maintain the balance of the systems.

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