Pressotherapy: effects and benefits

Pressotherapy: effects and benefits

Pressotherapy is a mechanical massage that stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation, helping to reduce water retention and cellulite


  • What's this
  • Benefits
  • How does it work
  • Pressotherapy for cellulite and weight loss
  • Contraindications

What's this

Pressotherapy is an aesthetic treatment also used in the medical field which, through the pressure of more or less large areas of the body, allows to promote blood and lymphatic circulation. The treatment is carried out in specialized beauty centers and consists in exerting pressure on the area to be treated through special cushions. These cushions, connected to an electronic device, are applied to the legs, arms or abdomen and, thanks to a system of adjustable air jets, allow you to press the anatomical area at different intensities.

It is therefore a sort of mechanical massage that generates a wave from the bottom up, thus stimulating both the circulatory and lymphatic systems. A pressotherapy session generally lasts thirty minutes and is performed two or more times a week to mobilize body fluids, favor their reabsorption and fight water retention, edema and cellulite.


Pressotherapy is considered as a lymphatic drainage technique, useful in cases of water retention, swelling of the lower limbs and cellulite. In beauty centers it is performed for:

  • promote blood and lymphatic circulation
  • reduce water retention
  • reduce swelling in the lower limbs
  • fight cellulite
  • fight adiposity
  • improve skin oxygenation
  • reduce inflammation of the tissues
  • relieve pain in case of trauma

Pressotherapy treatments are also used in the medical field to resolve circulatory disorders or the lymphatic system. In some medical centers, in fact, pressotherapy is practiced in the case of post-operative or congenital lymphedema and phlebedema, to treat circulatory disorders and to prevent thrombosis before and after a surgical operation.

How does it work

Pressotherapy treatments are performed in specialized centers through a fairly simple procedure. Those who undergo the treatment do not have to follow any particular indications, except to present themselves fasting. The person is then made to sit on a bed, after which the staff applies special cushions on the areas to be treated and adjusts the pressure of the air jets according to the problem to be solved. The cushions can be bracelets, leggings, bands to be placed around the abdomen and work thanks to adjustable air jets that exert pressure of varying intensity on the affected region, swelling and deflating sequentially, from bottom to top.

A session lasts 30-50 minutes and the treatment is similar to a massage, so it is not painful and does not cause discomfort. At the end of the session, generally there is a pleasant and light sensation in the lower limbs, if the massage was performed in this area of ​​the body, and you may feel the need to urinate, as a consequence of the mobilization of liquids.

To benefit from pressotherapy, a minimum of eight sessions are generally required, to be performed two or three times a week, but the duration and frequency of treatment may vary according to the problem to be treated.

Pressotherapy for cellulite and weight loss

In the aesthetic field, pressotherapy is applied above all to solve the imperfection of cellulite on the legs, thighs and buttocks and to promote weight loss in overweight people. If pressure therapy is used to reduce cellulite and promote weight loss, the treatment must be accompanied by a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

To lose weight and combat water retention and cellulite, it is in fact necessary to follow an adequate diet both in terms of calorie intake and in terms of the choice of foods. In case of overweight and cellulite, it is good to contact a nutritionist for the development of a personalized plan. In general, it is always useful to follow a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, drink at least one and a half liters of water a day, reduce the use of salt and refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages and smoking. Physical activity is also essential to improve circulation and lymphatic, promote weight loss and fight cellulite, therefore it is advisable to exercise even moderate but constant, at least two or three times a week and have an active lifestyle and not sedentary.


Pressotherapy is a safe, painless technique with no significant side effects. Despite this, the treatment is contraindicated in pregnant women and in case of diseases affecting the cardiovascular system, kidneys and liver. It is therefore not recommended to resort to pressotherapy in the presence of varicose veins and capillary fragility and in the case of thrombosis, phlebitis, thrombophlebitis, atherosclerosis, diabetes, liver cirrhosis, renal, hepatic and heart failure. Before undergoing pressotherapy treatments it is in any case good to ask your doctor for advice.

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