Therapy that has both aesthetic and physiotherapeutic uses


1 What is it?
  • 1 What is it?
  • 2 What is it for?
  • 3 How does it work?
  • 4 The benefits
  • 5 Contraindications

    What is pressotherapy?

    Pressotherapy is based on the compression of certain parts of the body

    Pressotherapy is very well known in the aesthetic field, especially to treat cellulite or to lose weight. But it is a technique that has numerous advantages for athletes.

    Pressotherapy is a treatment based on the exertion of a certain amount of pressure on the patient’s peripheral limbs, such as arms and legs and the abdominal area; applicators equiped with air chambers similar to leg braces, arm braces or abdominal straps are inflated sequentially, thus applying gradual pressure on the body. This compression is intermittent and starts from the extremities near the the affected area to the area itself, inflating and deflating in a cyclic manner.

    A pressotherapy machine, is an electro-medical device used in the physiotherapy of athletes because it achieves excellent results.

    What is pressotherapy used for?

    The pressotherapy machine is used for the recovery phase in sports

    Pressotherapy is used during the athlete’s passive rest, simulating an active recovery session. One of its advantages is that it can also be carried out outside specialised facilities. The professional machine can easily be transported by the physiotherapist to help with the patient’s needs on away sports events.

    This therapy acts by simulating a manual massage and promoting the outflow of fluids with consequent relaxation of contracted muscles. This process helps to speed up the disposal of lactic acid following physical exertion. It also enables the body to withstand demanding workouts and important performances.

    In addition, pressotherapy helps to treat problems such as oedema and lymphoedema and contributes to post-operative recovery. This therapy can be described as a manual lymph drainage since it acts on the fluid deposited in the interstitial spaces of the tissues, thus speeding up the elimination of oedema. The air pressure, meanwhile, exerts an intense massage on the muscles, without creating any inflammation. Pressotherapy is medically recommended for those suffering from water retention, those who are overweight or those who want to combat cellulite.

    How does pressotherapy work?

    The applicators of the pressotherapy machine are inflated to provide a mechanical massage

    As already mentioned, the pressotherapy machine uses special applicators, i.e. inflatable leg, arm or abdominal bands. These are inflated by the machine in a sequential manner, initiating a mechanical wave massage, i.e. from the bottom upwards. This movement is faster in the inflating phase to increase pressure, and then reduces its speed in the emptying phase.

    The treatment for this therapy is particularly recommended for the following pathologies:

    • Lymphoedema
    • Phlebedema
    • The treatment of varicose veins
    • Edema due to intense muscular activity
    • Cellulitis
    • The prevention of venous circulation thrombosis
    • Disorders of the venous-lymphatic circulation.

    The benefits of pressotherapy

    The use of pressotherapy equipment brings the following benefits:

    • Accelerates recovery time
    • Improves sports performance
    • Reduces the risk of injury
    • Fights muscle cramps
    • Helps physical recovery after training

    These benefits are achieved because inflammation is reduced by massage after physical activity, providing additional relaxation. It is important to know, however, that the positive effects of pressotherapy are only lasting if they are combined with a healthy lifestyle.

    The contraindications of pressotherapy

    However, pressotherapy is not a risk-free treatment, especially for certain categories of people

    It is important to understand whether the patient has any pathology that makes this therapy unsuitable, such as the presence of varicose veins, diabetes, renal insufficiency, thrombosis.

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