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Pressotherapy is a treatment that is also known as lymphatic drainage. It uses an air pressure machine that stimulates your lymphatic system by compressing and decompressing your arms, legs, or abdomen in a rhythmic motion, similar to a massage. The lymph nodes release excess liquid which may build up after surgery so the arms, legs and abdomen look slimmer and more defined because they carry less fluid. The treatment may also ease aches and pains, battle cellulite, encourage better blood circulation and detoxify the body from a buildup of toxins.
Benefits of Pressotherapy:
Relaxed muscles and body aches
Reduction of swelling and stiffness in the limbs
Toned and firm skin
Stronger immune system due to lymph moving properly
- Relives post-surgical edema
- Reduce hematomas and pain
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
- Reduce fibrosis and/or the possibility of developing fibrosis
How It Works:
Pressotherapy is administered by a machine that dispenses the correct amount of pressure every time. Your Esthetician will help you get into the garment, which looks sort of like an astronaut’s space suit. This can be wrapped around the legs, your midsection, arms or all three.
The garment has tubes on it that are hooked up to a computerized air pressure machine. The garment will inflate with air and you will feel a squeezing sensation that should feel like pressure, not pain. A typical session will last for 30 to 45 minutes. Your body may feel light afterward, and anecdotally, some people feel they have to urinate right away, which could be due to the movement of water in the body. You can get pressotherapy done as often as twice a week.
Drink 2 liters of water a day
Complete 30 minutes of exercise within 12 hours of treatment as well as 3 times a week.
Avoid alcohol, fatty foods and caffeine 24-48 hours post treatment.
Follow a well balanced, healthy choice diet, filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Are there any contraindications?
You will NOT be able to receive Pressotherapy if any of the following
apply to you:
Cancer (all forms)
Undergoing chemotherapy or immunotherapy
High blood pressure (uncontrolled)
Chemical peels and laser resurfacing
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you lose weight with lymphatic drainage?
A lymphatic drainage treatment such as Pressotherapy can help expedite your body's natural way of getting rid of toxins by pushing fluid to the lymph channels through a gentle and targeted technique. This can lead to not only losing weight but to good overall health.
How do you know if your lymphatic system is blocked?
The main sign of lymphatic dysfunction is lymphedema. Lymphedema causes swelling in your arms or legs. Your fingers or toes may retain fluid and swell.