Pressotherapy for lymphatic drainage and cellulite reduction

  • Pressotherapy (also known as alternate compression therapy or pneumatic compression therapy) is a mechanised lymphatic drainage technique that fights water retention by applying intermittent compression on one or more parts of the body - typically the legs. Stomach and arm pressotherapy is also common.
  • Pressotherapy reduces water retention and helps the body remove toxins and waste products out of the peripheral tissues (including the cellulite tissues) by boosting both blood circulation and lymphatic drainage in a very time and cost-efficient way. The body then naturally expels toxins, excess water and waste products.
  • For this reason pressotherapy is also used for cellulite reduction, although as a cellulite treatment it is now superseded by much more advanced anti-cellulite treatments, such as radiofrequency, cavitation, electro-mesotherapy or very strong cellulite massages.
  • Furthermore, pressotherapy is perfect after vigorous exercise as it maximises and focuses the effects of exercise on the cellulite tissues.
  • Pressotherapy also compares well to the old-fashioned "manual lymphatic drainage massage". The latter, although very relaxing, is not very cost-effective or time-effective for generally healthy women. Instead, it is more suited to weak, fragile individuals. For details on how the two techniques differ click here.
  • Similarly, pressotherapy is significantly more effective in comparison to compression garments, such as the so-called anti-cellulite pants tights, corsets and flight socks. This is because compression garments offer mild static compression, while pressotherapy offers a strong dynamic compression wave, in addition to strong static compression. For more info on this subject click here.
  • All in all, pressotherapy is a very versatile and cost-effective technique. The only problem with pressotherapy is that there are quite a lot of differences between the various types of pressotherapy equipment and the experience of the therapist providing it. These two factors can significantly affect the treatment's cost and time effectiveness, and for this reason we created a dedicated page analysing this issue.