Nowadays it’s common to see elite and amateur sportsmen and women on social networks wearing sports pressotherapy boots, but this treatment isn’t new in the world of health.
This treatment began in aesthetic, health and beauty clinics to improve venous and lymphatic circulation, the sensation of tired legs and fluid retention processes.
What is Sports Pressotherapy?
Pressotherapy is a simple and painless technique that achieves lymphatic drainage by applying air pressure to areas of the body (compression and decompression).The patient, through a suit or wearing a series of garments in the areas it’s applied, receives different air pressure intensities.
This pressure is applied in an upward direction, favouring blood flow to the heart.
The sensation of rested, deflated legs and relief are noticeable from the first use.
What are the benefits of pressotherapy for athlete recovery?
Some of its benefits are:
- Improving blood circulation;
- Promoting muscle oxygenation;
- Promoteing the elimination of toxins;
- Avoiding fluid retention;
- Complementing and accelerating muscle recovery processes.
What does pressotherapy bring to high-performance athletes?
Elite or high-performance athletes use it after very intense training sessions because:
- It powers and reactivates the Lymphatic drainage, and with it the elimination of waste substances.
- It eliminates liquids and toxins.
- It increases oxygen supply to the tissues, favouring muscle and cellular recovery.
- It decreases the feeling of tired and fatigued legs.
- It’s a muscle relaxant.
The lymph drains into the lymphatic capillaries.
How do Pressotherapy boots help athletes recover?
The use of pressotherapy boots help athletes eliminate excess waste substances (toxins generated from high-intensity exercise), in addition to the feeling of relieving symptoms of tired legs, is tried and tested with athletes.
It produces a sedative and relaxing effect, which derives from the rhythmic and synchronised massage provided by the pressotherapy boots, and it also has an anti-inflammatory effect.
The purpose of this booted sports pressotherapy treatment is to stimulate the lymphatic system through drainage of the lymph. Lymph is a clear fluid that originates from the interstitial fluid that forms at the site where the capillaries and tissues of the body exchange fluids and other waste substances. By significantly decreasing the recovery time after the sports load, the body will be ready for new training sessions in a shorter period of time.
The compression and decompression of air in the boots exerts a gentle but firm massage on the legs.
How is the treatment carried out?
Pressotherapy sessions usually last between 30 to 45 minutes and are often complemented by a subsequent manual massage in the physiotherapy and beauty clinics.
There are different sessions lengths when using the pressotherapy boots, from between 15 minutes and up to 1 hour, depending on the needs of the user and recommended pressure intensity.
This leg compressor massage should never be painful.
Ideally, it should be carried out after letting a couple of hours pass following training, and you can use the pressotherapy boots from a sitting or lying position.
Sports pressotherapy contraindications
It’s important to always consult a vascular doctor about the use of this type of treatment, as there are certain cases in which the use of pressotherapy boots is NOT RECOMMENDED:
- When you suffer from cardiovascular diseases.
- If you have deep vein thrombosis.
- If the patient is pregnant.
- If you have high blood pressure.
- If the patient has a pacemaker.
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