Pressotherapy™ is a body treatment that is typically used to reduce or eliminate cellulite. Cellulite consists of small pockets of fat that are located just beneath the skin’s surface that results in slight lumps or indentations on the skin, particularly on the legs and buttocks in women. The treatment is based on the concept that deep physical stimulation may be able to break down the build up of fat pockets underneath the skin and give skin a smoother appearance.
Spas or beauty salons are generally the most common places that offer Pressotherapy™. The process begins with an electronic cuff that is attached to a computer, then placed securely around each leg. A trained technician then turns on each electronic cuff, which fills with air and sends light pressure onto each leg. The pressure is designed to simulate a deep massage that uses enough pressure to reach beneath the surface of the skin. Each Pressotherapy™ session typically lasts around 30 minutes and is recommended to be repeated weekly for about eight weeks.
Advocates of Pressotherapy™ believe the deep skin pressure and stimulation may help to promote proper blood flow. If blood flows properly throughout the body, it is thought to possibly prevent swelling of internal body tissues by ensuring they are exposed to as much oxygen as possible. Receiving enough oxygen may help restore any damaged tissues and make the skin feel tighter and prevent loose or floppy skin.
In addition to being used for cosmetic purposes to smooth the texture of the skin, Pressotherapy™ may also be implemented as an option for certain medical conditions. People who have medical conditions that cause poor blood circulation, such as hypertension or diabetes, may have the therapy performed to attempt to promote better blood flow. Proper blood flow can help relieve numbness or pain in the limbs and prevent skin discoloration from lack of blood flow.
Critics of Pressotherapy™ believe the treatment is unnecessary and expensive. The main problems the therapy claims to solve, cellulite and poor blood circulation, can often be treated with other more affordable options. Performing light physical activity, such as walking or swimming, can help reduce body fat and lessen the appearance of bumpy areas of the skin’s surface. Exercise may also improve poor blood circulation by constantly pumping the blood throughout the body. Dietary changes, such as reducing the amount of sodium, can also prevent the body from holding onto excess water and promote blood flow and tightened skin.