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The essential treatment for heavy legs

The recent popularity of pressotherapy reflects the growing demand for effective and enjoyable wellness solutions. The positive results obtained by many users, combined with its natural, non-medicated aspect, make it an attractive option for those looking to improve their blood and lymph circulation while relaxing. If pressotherapy is THE new trend in the world of aesthetic medicine, it's not only because of its effectiveness in relieving heavy legs, but above all because of its proven effectiveness in treating cellulite and water retention.

What is pressotherapy?

The history of sequential pressure massage goes back several centuries. Compression techniques to stimulate blood and lymph circulation have ancient roots in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, where manual compression methods were used to improve circulation and energy flow in the body.

During the 20th century, mechanical devices were developed to automate compression and facilitate the pressotherapy process. The first devices used inflatable sleeves connected to a pump that supplied a flow of compressed air to generate pressure.

Pressotherapy was initially used in the medical field to treat venous and lymphatic disorders, such as varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and lymphoedema. Health professionals began incorporating pressotherapy into their practices to help improve circulation and reduce the symptoms associated with these conditions.

Over time, pressotherapy has also been used in the aesthetic field. Aesthetic clinics began using pressotherapy to reduce the appearance of cellulite, promote the drainage of toxins and improve skin texture.

With advances in technology, pressotherapy has continued to develop. Modern devices use more advanced compression systems, offering pressure adjustment options, customisable programmes and greater convenience of use.

Today, pressotherapy is widely used in the medical, beauty and wellness fields. It is considered a non-invasive and effective method for improving circulation, reducing water retention and promoting the body's general well-being.

 

How does pressotherapy work?

Pressotherapy is a non-invasive therapeutic technique that uses special devices to apply sequential external pressure to the limbs of the body, usually the legs. This technique is mainly used to improve blood and lymph circulation, as well as to relieve symptoms associated with fluid retention, heavy legs, oedema and cellulite.

During a pressotherapy session, the patient wears pneumatic boots, sleeves or belts that are connected to a machine. The device generates compressed air that propagates through the compartments of these accessories, creating a sequence of pressure and decompression on the limbs being treated. This sequential compression action stimulates blood and lymph circulation, encouraging venous return and facilitating the elimination of toxins and metabolic waste.

 

Who is pressotherapy for?

Compression therapy is aimed at various categories of people, including:

  • People suffering from circulatory problems: Pressotherapy is often used to treat venous problems such as varicose veins, chronic venous insufficiency and oedema. It can help improve blood and lymph circulation, reduce swelling and promote venous return. 1
  • Athletes and active people: Athletes and people with active lifestyles can benefit from pressotherapy to aid muscle recovery after intense exertion. It can help eliminate lactic acid and toxins, reduce muscle soreness and improve circulation in the limbs. 2
  • People with water retention problems: Pressotherapy is often used to reduce water retention and swelling, particularly in the legs, ankles and feet. It can help to eliminate excess fluid and improve lymphatic drainage. 3
  • People seeking to improve the appearance of the skin: Pressotherapy is also used in an aesthetic context to reduce the appearance of cellulite, firm the skin and improve its texture. It can help stimulate blood and lymph circulation, promote the elimination of toxins and improve skin elasticity.

 

How does a pressotherapy session work?

A typical pressotherapy session is as follows:

  1. Preparation: The customer is invited to sit comfortably on a treatment table or in a suitable chair. It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow good blood circulation during the session.
  2. Installation of sleeves or boots: Special sleeves or boots will be placed around the patient's legs, arms or the area to be treated. These sleeves are generally made up of several compartments that inflate and deflate sequentially to apply pressure.
  3. Adjusting the parameters: The therapist or pressotherapy machine operator will adjust the parameters to suit individual needs. This may include session duration, pressure sequence, pressure levels and rest times.
  4. Starting the treatment: Once the client is settled and the sleeves are correctly positioned, the pressotherapy session begins. The sleeves inflate and deflate sequentially, applying progressive pressure from the bottom to the top of the limbs.
  5. Sensations during the session: During the session, the client may feel a sensation of rhythmic compression and relaxation in the limbs being treated. This is generally well tolerated and may even be relaxing for some people.
  6. Duration of session: The duration of a pressotherapy session varies according to individual needs and the recommended treatment protocol. Sessions generally last between 20 and 60 minutes.
  7. End of session: Once the session is over, the sleeves are completely deflated and removed. The client will then feel a sensation of lightness and relaxation in the limbs treated.

 

What are the results of pressotherapy?

What are the results of pressotherapy on cellulite?

Pressotherapy can have positive results in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Although it cannot completely eliminate cellulite, pressotherapy can help improve the appearance of the skin by reducing water retention, promoting lymphatic drainage and improving blood circulation.

By applying sequential, rhythmic compression to the limbs, pressotherapy helps stimulate blood and lymph circulation, which can reduce congestion and fluid build-up in the tissues. This can help reduce the appearance of cellulite by smoothing the skin and reducing irregularities. 4

It's important to note that results can vary from person to person, and that pressotherapy should be combined with other measures such as a balanced diet, regular exercise and appropriate skin care to achieve the best results. It is also essential to consult a qualified health professional or beautician for personalised advice on whether pressotherapy is suitable for your specific situation.

 

What are the results of pressotherapy on lymphoedema?

Pressotherapy can be beneficial in the treatment of lymphoedema, a condition characterised by swelling of the limbs caused by an accumulation of lymph fluid. By using controlled sequential compression, pressotherapy can help to improve lymphatic circulation, reduce oedema and relieve the symptoms associated with lymphoedema. 5

The results of pressotherapy on lymphoedema can vary depending on the severity of the condition, the regularity of sessions and the patient's individual response. However, several clinical studies and testimonials have shown significant improvements following the use of pressotherapy.

The potential benefits of pressotherapy in the treatment of lymphoedema include:

  • Reduced swelling: The pressure exerted by compression helps to move stagnant lymphatic fluid towards functional lymph vessels, thereby reducing swelling in the affected limbs.
  • Stimulation of lymphatic drainage: Pressotherapy encourages the movement and drainage of lymphatic fluid, helping to improve lymphatic circulation and reduce congestion.
  • Symptomatic relief: Pressotherapy can help relieve the pain, heaviness and discomfort associated with lymphoedema.

It is important to note that pressotherapy should be used as part of an overall treatment plan that includes other lymphatic drainage modalities, skin care, specific exercises and dietary advice. It is recommended that you consult a healthcare professional specialising in the treatment of lymphoedema to assess the suitability of pressotherapy in your particular case and to obtain advice tailored to your situation.

 

What are the benefits of pressotherapy after childbirth?

Post-partum pressotherapy helps the body to recover after childbirth, particularly for women in their thirties and older. It is an integral part of an overall approach to post-natal rehabilitation, combining physical exercise, post-natal massage and pressotherapy for the mother. This technique is particularly beneficial when the female genitalia are affected by inflammatory conditions linked to diabetes, obesity or hypertension.6

 

What are the benefits of pressotherapy for sportspeople?

Pressotherapy offers a number of benefits for sportspeople, both for performance and recovery. Here are just some of the benefits of pressotherapy for sports: 2

  • Improved muscle recovery: Pressotherapy promotes lymphatic drainage and blood circulation, which helps to eliminate metabolic waste, toxins and lactic acid accumulated during exercise more quickly. This can reduce post-training muscle soreness and speed up recovery.
  • Reduced inflammation: The sequential compression applied by pressotherapy helps to reduce inflammation and oedema in muscle tissue. This can help prevent injury and speed up recovery from minor trauma.
  • Improved performance: By improving blood circulation, pressotherapy promotes the supply of oxygen and essential nutrients to muscles, which can increase endurance capacity, strength and overall athletic performance.
  • Prevention of venous disorders: Pressotherapy can help prevent venous disorders such as varicose veins by improving venous circulation and reducing blood stasis in the lower limbs.
  • Relaxation and stress relief: Pressotherapy sessions also offer a moment of relaxation, helping to reduce stress and promote a general feeling of well-being.

How many sessions and how often should I have pressotherapy?

The number of pressotherapy sessions recommended may vary depending on a number of factors, such as the aim of the treatment, the patient's specific condition and individual response to treatment. In general, it is preferable to follow a regular treatment protocol to achieve optimum results. However, it is important to consult a healthcare professional or therapist specialising in pressotherapy for personalised advice.

For certain circulatory and lymphatic problems, such as varicose veins or chronic venous insufficiency, a protocol of several sessions spread over several weeks may be recommended. In these cases, the professional will determine the number of sessions required according to the severity of the condition.

In an aesthetic context, pressotherapy sessions to reduce the appearance of cellulite or improve skin texture can be carried out in series. Usually, a protocol of several sessions, ranging from 6 to 12, may be recommended to achieve significant results. The frequency of sessions may vary, but they are often spaced once or twice a week.

It is important to follow the recommendations of the healthcare professional or therapist regarding the number of sessions and frequency to optimise the results of the treatment. Each person may react differently to pressotherapy, so it is essential to tailor the treatment plan to individual needs.

 

How can I improve the results of pressotherapy?

Lymphatic drainage with a suitable cream

A lymphatic massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), is a specific massage technique designed to stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and lymph nodes that transports lymph, a clear liquid containing immune cells and metabolic waste products, throughout the body.

Lymphatic massage is performed using gentle, rhythmic and repetitive movements, with light pressure and a specific direction along the lymphatic vessels. These movements encourage lymph drainage and circulation, helping to eliminate toxins, cellular waste and excess fluid.

Therapeutically, it is often recommended for treating disorders linked to poor lymphatic circulation, such as oedema, lymphoedema (usually associated with surgery or a congenital lymphatic problem), venous disorders, immune problems and chronic inflammation. 7

From an aesthetic point of view, lymphatic massage can help reduce the appearance of cellulite, promote detoxification of the skin, improve blood circulation and stimulate cell renewal.

For greater effectiveness, the massage should be accompanied by a cream specifically formulated to treat all signs of cellulite, such as nodules, orange peel skin and water retention.

An anti-cellulite cream stimulates in-depth fat destruction, promotes lymphatic drainage to increase the natural elimination of triglycerides and stimulates collagen production for a skin-tightening effect.

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Food supplements to improve drainage

Lymphatic drainage supplements are designed to support the function of the lymphatic system and promote the elimination of toxins and waste from the body. They may contain specific ingredients that have diuretic, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties, helping to improve lymphatic circulation and reduce water retention.

Here are some dietary supplements commonly used in this context:

  • Grape marc: Acts as a natural drainer. It eliminates water retained in the tissues and therefore acts on cellulite, helping to refine the figure. What's more, thanks to grapevine's well-known venotonic properties, grape marc combats the slowdown in microcirculation, which is one of the causes of cellulite.
  • Gotu kola: This plant has long been used in traditional medicine for its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties. It can support a healthy lymphatic system and improve circulation. 8
  • Green tea: Boosts fat burning. Green tea also acts on the distribution of body fat. More specifically, it reduces visceral fat, which is stored around the abdomen. 9
  • Guarana seed extract: Because of its high caffeine content, guarana seed can also boost metabolism and increase physical capacity. What's more, guarana seed contains antioxidants, such as catechins and tannins, which can help neutralise free radicals and reduce oxidative damage in the body.

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Why invest in a pressotherapy machine?

Using a pressotherapy machine has a number of advantages over other manual compression methods or other treatments:

  • Precise control of pressure: Pressotherapy machines allow you to precisely regulate the pressure exerted on your limbs. This allows the treatment to be tailored to the specific needs of each individual, modulating the pressure according to sensitivity, medical condition and treatment objectives.
  • Sequential compression: Pressotherapy machines apply sequential compression, which means that they apply pressure sequentially to different parts of the limb. This promotes more efficient lymphatic drainage and blood circulation by pushing fluids to the areas where pressure is applied.
  • Simultaneous treatment of limbs: Pressotherapy machines are designed to treat both upper and lower limbs simultaneously, saving time and ensuring symmetry of treatment. This is particularly useful in cases of asymmetric swelling or medical conditions affecting both limbs.
  • Personalised programming: Pressotherapy machines often offer programming options that allow the treatment to be personalised to suit individual needs. Duration, pressure sequence, pressure levels and rest times can be adjusted to create a treatment protocol tailored to each individual.
  • Ease of use: Pressotherapy machines are generally easy to use, with simple instructions and intuitive settings. They can be used at home or in care facilities, offering greater convenience for patients.

 

Which pressotherapy device should I choose?

What are the differences between a professional device and a home pressotherapy device?

The main differences between a professional pressotherapy device and a home pressotherapy device are as follows:

  • Power and intensity: Professional pressure therapy devices are generally more powerful and offer a wider range of compression intensities. This allows professionals to tailor the treatment to the specific needs of each individual. Home pressotherapy devices tend to have pre-set pressure levels and less scope for adjustment.
  • Number of chambers and treatment zones: Professional pressure therapy devices often have a greater number of chambers and treatment zones, allowing different parts of the legs and body to be targeted more precisely. Home pressotherapy devices may have fewer chambers and zones, offering more limited coverage.
  • Advanced features: Professional devices may have advanced features such as predefined treatment programmes, specific massage modes, additional customisation options, etc. Home pressotherapy devices often have simpler, more basic functions.
  • Professional supervision: The use of a professional pressure therapy device is generally supervised by trained health professionals or therapists. They can adjust the settings according to the patient's reaction and provide appropriate advice. Home pressure therapy devices are designed for independent use without direct medical supervision.

How do I choose a professional pressure therapy device?

When choosing a professional pressure therapy device, here are some important points to consider:

  • Objectives and specific needs: Determine what your main objectives are for using the pressotherapy device. Do you want to treat circulatory problems, reduce swelling, improve muscle recovery, or offer beauty treatments? By understanding your specific needs, you'll be able to choose a machine that best matches these objectives.
  • Specific treatment programmes: Some professional devices offer predefined treatment programmes specifically designed for aesthetic objectives such as cellulite reduction, improving skin texture, etc. These programmes can facilitate the treatment process and help you to achieve your goals. These programmes can facilitate the treatment process and deliver optimum results.
  • Manufacturing quality and durability: Opt for a pressotherapy device manufactured by a reputable brand recognised for the quality of its products. Check user reviews and device ratings to ensure long-term durability and reliability.
  • Ease of use and maintenance: Make sure the device is easy to use. It should have a clear, intuitive interface for adjusting settings and programmes. In addition, check the appliance's maintenance and cleaning requirements to ensure that you can use it with ease.
  • Technical support and training: Find out about the technical support provided by the appliance manufacturer or distributor. Make sure they offer reliable customer assistance in the event of questions or problems. The availability of training on how to use the device can also be an advantage in familiarising you with techniques and best practices.

How much does a pressotherapy machine cost?

A good professional pressotherapy machine costs around €1000.

 

How much does a pressotherapy session cost for your customers?

For one session: €50-60

For a package of 10 sessions: €450-550

 Are there any contraindications to pressotherapy?

Pressotherapy is generally considered to be a safe and well-tolerated procedure. However, there are a few contraindications and precautions to bear in mind.

Here are a few situations in which pressotherapy may not be recommended:

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): In the presence of confirmed or suspected deep vein thrombosis, pressotherapy may be contraindicated as it could potentially displace a blood clot and cause complications.
  • Congestive heart failure: Pressotherapy can increase the load on the cardiovascular system. In cases of severe congestive heart failure, it may be preferable to avoid pressotherapy or to use it with caution.
  • Active skin infections: If you have an active skin infection in the area to be treated, it is preferable to postpone pressotherapy until the infection has healed. Using pressotherapy on infected skin can worsen the infection or spread bacteria.
  • Active cancer: In cases of active cancer or metastases, pressotherapy should be used with caution. It is recommended that you consult a healthcare professional to assess whether pressotherapy is appropriate in your specific case.
  • Pregnancy: Although pressotherapy can be used safely during pregnancy in certain cases, it is preferable to consult a healthcare professional before use. Additional precautions may be necessary, particularly with regard to the pressure applied and the areas treated.

It is important to consult a health professional, such as a doctor, physiotherapist or beauty specialist, before starting pressotherapy sessions. They will be able to assess your state of health and determine whether pressotherapy is appropriate for you, taking into account your medical history and any pre-existing conditions.


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