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Pressotherapy vs. Lymphatic Drainage Massage: Differences and Benefits

Your lymphatic system is your built-in detox system, working to keep you healthy by removing toxins, reducing swelling, and supporting your immune system. Lymph fluid, often just called “lymph,” carries waste products, salts, and damaged cells. It flows through your body, picking up debris from your tissues, like muscles, and taking it away for removal.

Lymph enters tissues from small blood vessels, collects waste, and then returns to the lymphatic system. Along the way, it passes through small organs called lymph nodes, found in places like the neck, armpits, and groin. Lymph then drains from the nodes into ducts, which allow it to combine with blood so it can be filtered out by the kidneys and liver.

By keeping your lymphatic system flowing smoothly, you help your body stay clean and healthy.

What is Lymphatic Drainage?

When your lymphatic system is not working properly, it can cause swelling because the fluid backs up in your tissues. It can also allow waste products to build up in your tissues, causing inflammation and throwing your body out of whack.

When lymphatic fluid stagnates in your body, it can cause tenderness, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, headaches, skin issues, and more.

Manual lymphatic drainage helps move fluid from your tissues to your lymph nodes, where it can be carried away.

Benefits of Lymphatic Drainage

Lymphatic drainage is great for your whole body, helping you flush out toxins so you can look and feel your best. Lymphatic drainage can:

  • Expedite muscle recovery by helping clear away the enzymes that cause soreness–like lactic acid–produced by your muscles. This reduces muscle soreness after exercise and speeds up recovery.
  • Reduce bloating and cellulite by getting rid of excess water and waste from your tissues. This helps decrease swelling and fibrous tissue that cause cellulite’s dimpled look.
  • Help you recover faster after surgery by reducing swelling, improving range of motion, and reducing post-surgical complications.
  • Fight fatigue by enhancing the removal of metabolic waste products from your cells and reducing systemic inflammation.
  • Repair your skin by reducing puffiness and increasing circulation, which enhances skin elasticity and texture.
  • Detoxify your system by aiding the liver in processing toxins that carries away waste products. This supports the health of all of your organs for a holistic health boost.
  • Boost immune function by ensuring efficient removal of waste and clear lymphatic pathways for transport of immune cells to lymph nodes.

What is a Lymphatic Drainage Massage?

A lymphatic drainage massage uses sweeping motions to press lymph and inflammation out of tissues, directing them toward the lymph nodes to be removed.

What is Pressotherapy? 

Pressotherapy works by using a specialized compression suit with air chambers that sequentially inflate and deflate, moving from the extremities toward the lymph nodes. The suit provides light 360-degree pressure as it pushes fluid out of your tissues for removal.

How the Ballancer®Pro Works

This advanced two-piece suit delivers 360-degree treatment, applying equal pressure to every inch of skin for optimal results. The chambers inflate sequentially to provide continuous, effective treatment. With at least two chambers inflated at a time, it keeps all the lymph moving in one direction, ensuring a relaxing and detoxifying massage.

Before your session, you’ll get changed into the suit and lay on a treatment bed for 40-60 minutes, depending on if you select a lower body or full-body treatment. Just lay back and relax as the Ballancer Pro applies and maintains optimal pressure, directing lymphatic fluid efficiently toward the lymph nodes for drainage out of the body.

Pressotherapy vs. Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Both pressotherapy and lymphatic drainage massages are effective for getting your lymphatic system moving and enhancing toxin removal. Though the method is similar, the Ballancer Pro provides the same treatment in less time, because it applies 360 degree pressure at a constant, optimal strength. During a massage, the massage therapist typically works on one side at a time and applies pressure with their hands. This slight difference means that the same procedure can be completed in less time with the Ballancer Pro, and the treatment pressure is more uniform.

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