The pressotherapy is a lymphatic drainage mechanical performed by a device that seem like great boots that cover the whole leg, the abdomen and the arms. In this equipment the air fills with these ‘boots’ which puts pressure on the legs and the abdomen in a rhythmic fashion, which allows to mobilize the lymph and improve circulation.
What it is and how to do it
This lymphatic drainage mechanics is an excellent treatment to eliminate the excess of fluids of the body, being particularly useful to be carried out:
- After a plastic surgery or a aesthetic treatment as the lipocavitação;
- To combat cellulite;
- For ny the abdominal region, and although it does not remove the fat, helps decrease the measures and therefore ‘lose weight’;
- Lymphedema in the arm after the removal of the breast;
- For those who have spider vein, varicose veins of small to medium-caliber, or suffers from fluid retention and it is with the swollen legs with feeling of heaviness and aching;
- In case of chronic venous insufficiency, where there is a symptoms such as swelling, darkening of the skin or eczema, that cause pain, fatigue and sensation of heaviness in the legs;
- During pregnancy because it completely eliminates the legs, and swollen feet, promoting the health and well-being of the pregnant woman, but should not be used on the belly so as to not cause discomfort.
Each session lasts 30 to 40 minutes and can be done daily, if necessary. To improve the efficiency of the treatment can place a pillow under the legs of the person, so that they will be higher than the heart, which facilitates venous return.
This treatment can be carried out in beauty clinics or physiotherapy treatment, but should always be guided by a qualified professional.
Advantages and disadvantages
The main difference of the offer in relation to manual lymphatic drainage is that the equipment is always the same pressure on the body, and therefore, in spite of help, the manual lymphatic drainage can be more efficient, because the body is worked out by the parties and the therapist can stay longer in an area that requires more. In addition, the manual drain all liquid is directed by the sessions, while in the pressotherapy the pneumatic pressure occurs over the entire member at once.
Thus, in order for the offer to have the best results it is necessary to do about 10 minutes of manual lymphatic drainage close to the neck and in the lymph nodes of the knees and the groin, so that the procedure is carried out more efficiently. If this care is not taken, the effectiveness of the offer is diminished. A good way to assess if the treatment was carried out with success is the increased urge to urinate shortly after you end the session.
With this, one can conclude that only do the pressotherapy is not so efficient as to do a session of manual lymphatic drainage, but when performing, at least, the emptying of the lymph nodes manually before you start the offer, already increases their effectiveness.
When it should not be performed
The lymphatic drainage mechanical is contraindicated in case of:
- Infection or wound in the area being treated;
- Varicose veins of large caliber;
- Changes to the heart such as heart failure or arrhythmia;
- Tingling sensation in the treated areas;
- Deep venous thrombosis, which manifests itself with severe pain in the calf;
- On the belly during pregnancy;
- Cancer and its complications, such as lymphedema (but the lymphatic drainage can be allowed);
- People who use heart pacemaker;
- Infection in the lymph nodes;
- Fracture is still not consolidated on the site to be treated.
In these cases, the offer could be harmful to health, and is therefore contraindicated.