Author: Dott.ssa Battistella Melania

Date: 22/04/2020

Are there any benefits with pressotherapy?
Pressotherapy is a treatment that uses controlled compression by using air pumps. It is proposed as a detoxifying treatment, which, through effective lymphatic drainage, can help to promote the waste purification functions of the body in a physiological and natural way.
The revitalisation and oxygenation of the tissues can help to slim and redefine the legs, belly and arms, and improve skin tone.

The benefits of pressotherapy can be many (for the doctors who use it), including:

  • to improve circulation and venous problems (e.g. varicose veins)
  • effective on non-infected inflammatory states (e.g. sprains and strains)
  • to reduce swelling
  • to improve skin oxygenation
  • to improve skin tone and firmness  
  • to shape the legs and reduce cellulite
  • as treatment after surgery
  • for sports injuries
  • for post-traumatic oedema of the limbs
  • for the elimination of toxins and waste
  • to help boost immune defences
  • to help reduce stress


The benefits of acupressure through pressotherapy

Acupressure acts due to the pressure being applied continuously and alternately on specific points of the body. This makes use of the principles of manual lymphatic drainage massages which, with acupressure, can stimulate  the immune system, help to lower blood pressure in hypertensive individuals, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and is useful for the removal of metabolic waste.
The benefits of pressotherapy make it possible to regulate the intensity of the pressure exerted at a set point, which is not possible with a manual massage.

Pressotherapy and the benefits on blood circulation

Thanks to the action of acupressure on specific points, circulation can be reactivated naturally. Pressotherapy or acupressure can also be used in individuals with problems related to tiredness and heaviness of the limbs.

Pressotherapy and the benefits for weight loss

It is known that the combination of acupressure, diet and exercise can help those who want to lose weight. This is because the benefits of lymphatic drainage can accelerate the process of removing toxins from the body. This is not the only reason, as it has been shown that there can also be an improvement in skin tone after major weight loss.

Pressotherapy and the benefits on cellulite

When there is a problem of cellulite, of any degree, or you want to improve its appearance, pressotherapy that employs the principles of acupressure is one of the most used treatments. Cellulite normally forms in areas such as the hips, thighs and buttocks, although there are cases where cellulite accumulations also form on the ankles, knees, calves, abdomen and some upper body parts.
These are areas of the body where it is possible to have the targeted action of pressotherapy in order to reduce signs of cellulite.

Pressotherapy and the benefits on the intestine

Another benefit of this type of pressotherapy can be to promote intestinal transit (if applied on the abdominal area). The pressure exerted on the abdomen can stimulate intestinal peristalsis, which in cases of constipation can improve intestinal transit. 

Pressotherapy and the benefits in sports medicine

Many athletes consider the benefits of acupressure and include it in their plan of action. 
Pressotherapy, what is it for? The benefits of acupressure can be a helpful aid for:

  • muscles and joints
  • muscle fatigue
  • contractures, pains and injuries
  • connective tissue
  • stress, tension and muscle spasms
  • swelling and inflammation
  • reducing cellulite

Benefits of pressotherapy: who is the treatment for?

  • People with fluid retention
  • People with cellulite
  • People who require lymphatic drainage to detoxify the body
  • People who want to lose weight or reshape their body
  • People suffering from lymphatic oedema of the lower limbs
  • People who have undergone surgery and who require pressotherapy in the pre- and post-surgery stages


Benefits of pressotherapy: Contraindications to pressotherapy

Patients with the following conditions must not undergo pressotherapy:

  • Inflammation
  • Tuberculosis
  • Cancer
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart failure
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Presence of pain or numbness
  • Any condition where increased venous and lymphatic return is undesirable

Pressotherapy benefits: how many treatments are needed?
To obtain the desired results, we recommend a minimum of 8 treatments. Sessions can range from 30 to 50 minutes. You will need to undergo an average of 2 – 3 sessions per week for 2 months.

What happens after the treatment?

Pressotherapy is relaxing. Immediately after treatment the legs feel lighter. In addition, there may be an increased need to urinate.

Non-invasive aesthetic treatments are a great alternative for improving the physical appearance. The benefits of pressotherapy, according to the doctors who practise it, are numerous and are not just aesthetic.

Dott.ssa Battistella Melania


Dott.ssa Battistella Melania

Medico Estetico

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