Pressotherapy vs. compression tights and other garments

  • How do graduated compression garments compare to pressotherapy's alternate compression?
  • In previous articles we analysed the effectiveness (or rather, shall I say ineffectiveness) of compression garments, including graduated compression garments, in regard to water retention and cellulite reduction.
  • We concluded that the overall effect of graduated compression garments on cellulite is too weak. Compression tights, socks and stockings typically exert a pressure differential of anything between 7 and 15mmHg. This differential is too mild to offer any significant lymphatic drainage benefits.
  • In contrast, professional compression equipment (pressotherapy) utilise pressure gradients of up to 100mmHg. They also offer intermittent compression at the same time (via rhythmical inflation and deflation) which creates a pressure wave that transfers lymph and blood even more effectively towards the heart. And unlike static graduated compression stockings and tights that inhibit arterial flow, every time the pressotherapy boot or sleeve deflates arterial blood rushes to the tissues, supplying them with precious oxygen and nutrients.
  • In comparison to pressotherapy, the weak and static compression that compression tights and stockings offer will not make a huge difference with regards to local fat loss and fluid retention reduction.
  • Although pressotherapy can not as effective as monopolar radiofrequency, electro-mesotherapy or ultrasound cavitation, it can be moderately effective in reducing cellulite (and particularly effective in boosting lymphatic drainage) especially when combined with a concentrated anti-cellulite or circulation-boosting cream, respectively.