Whether you call it leg compression machine, air massager or compression therapy massager it is impossible to deny the benefits these devices provide to your body.
Pressotherapy is the next level of therapeutic massage : it is compression massage realised by inflatable pumps that come and wrap your legs/arms/body and that is controlled by a central unit.
The benefits are multiple : besides the regular massages’ general good consequences like relaxation and achievement of well-being, pressotherapy also induces venous (and blood) circulation, helping to eliminate the edema, the sensation of heaviness and fatigue. It also activates the lymphatic and venous circulation favorising blood flows and elimination of toxins.
Pressotherapy is the technological evolution of massage and manual lymphatic drainage. Indeed, pressotherapy allows an action on the blood circulation as well as on the lymphatic circulation causing the stimulation of blood exchanges and drainage of toxins and waste, and on top of being a real deal for your health, it also has some non neglectable aesthetic benefits such as activating the areas where cellulite is stocked AND stuck : it’s the best tool to treat yourself in a comprehensive way and achieve both health and beauty goals.
Usually compression therapy is used in massage salons or even in health institutions but if you want to enjoy its benefits at home you can also purchase it easily. No need for heavy machinery or training to use those devices : most of them are pretty straightforward and can be used by a non-experienced person with no risks following meticulously the instruction guide. Few vendors and models are available, mostly online and we will show you our pick in this article.
1. Leg Compression Machine by Doctor Life V7
This leg compression device is one of our favourite : efficient, easy to operate and compact ! It comes with power unit itself, leg wraps (cuffs) and hoses to connect everything up. There are two leg cuffs that you can zip around your legs. They will accommodate most of the (small, medium and large) leg sizes but if you feel you are above that you might need to order the extension zipper. It’s easy to set up as you simply need to plug the unified end of the hose to the machine and the rest of the extremities need to be fit to the cuffs. It’s pretty obvious, just like when you are fitting an air pump into an inflatable mattress, only here it can be inflated through multiple holes. Once this done, you can plug the machine into the power socket (Only for AC220V 60Hz or 110V 60HZ, non operational for 50Hz), get into a comfortable position and put on the leg cuffs.
The leg compression machine is simple to use : there is a on/off power button, a timer (10, 20 or 30 minutes), a pressure controller and a pressure indicator, 2 modes (massage and circulation), and individual control for each hole on both cuffs (there are four going from your feet until mid thighs).
The two modes allow you select which type of treatment you wish to receive: the circulation mode is a pattern designed to activate your blood circulation and get it into a continuous, regular flow and the massage mode is more a constant massage of your whole leg with the main purpose to get you relaxed and relieve pain or tension in your legs.
In overall, a very reliable high-end product, easy to use and with obvious results
2. Air Sequential Leg Compression Machine – Full Leg Complete Set
The second contestant today is this leg compression massager by Powerpress Unit. It measures 12*10*5 inches and weighs 5lbs. It is a classic air pressure machine with a power unit, leg cuffs and hoses to link them together. The power unit is extremely easy to operate as very simple: you will have the timer (0-60 mins) and the pressure (20 mmHg – 100 mmHg). It will work with both 110V 60Hz or 220-240V 50-60Hz.
The main point and specificity of this leg compression device is that it is a sequential compressor circulator, which means that the massage pattern is clear and defined: there are four chambers within the cuffs and they’ll be consecutively air filled by the unit but not all continuously : each one of them will be inflated during 15 seconds before deflating meanwhile the next chamber fills up… and cause images sometimes speak better than words:
You will definitely like this product if you need an improvement with your leg’s health, well being and a boost to your blood circulation.
3. Gradient Sequential Leg Compression Machine – X Large Full Leg Complete Set
This one is another version of the above one: it’s gradient sequential, which means that rather than inflating a chamber after the other and not keeping the air pressure all the way (sequential), this one will indeed pressure gradually a chamber after the other for a whole coverage at the end.
The compression cycle is about 9 seconds per chamber and the pressure is hold. It will start from the feet, then to the ankle, the calf and at last the tigh. The deflation will be simultaneous for all the chamber and last 24 secs.
It’s great to promote better blood and venous flood, control leg swelling and relieve leg fatigue.
This model, that is also 12*10*5 inches and weighs 5 lbs prides itself to keep up the blood and lymph fluid with no backflow and the gradient pattern assures a smooth circulation. It’s worth to try.
4. Leg Compression Machine – Circulation Leg Wraps
This leg compression machine s is one of the simplest on the market and the one of the easiest to use. The leg compression sleeves have six internal airbags built into a leg garment that inflates and deflates providing compression therapy and improving the blood circulation. The sleeves can be easily fitted by wrapping them up around the legs and securing them with velcro closures. Unlike most of the compression therapy units, the controlling part of this one looks like a pretty simple corded remote control with three buttons : on/off; zone and speed. You can choose between three zones, three levels of intensity and seven programs that will allow you to pinpoint a specific area and customise your experience.
There’s only one size available (like most of the models) and you can secure it with velcros; however, many people fed back that airflow won’t inflate enough the leg wraps to compress small size legs: in this case, the unit won’t help you to improve your blood circulation, relieve your muscle pain or simply it won’t massage you. People with very large legs might have a problem as well.
5. North American Healthcare JB5462 Leg Compression Machine
This product is a best seller online. It’s pretty similar to the other units except that the leg cuff and the thighs wrap are totally independent (they can be used together or separately). There ‘s also a fairly simple remote control with three buttons: up, down and power. The material it’s made of is really similar to plastic which might not give the best comfort and be a bit sticky if you tend to sweat easily.
This leg compression device from North American Healthcare is purely meant for “leisure” functions such as massages, tension relief, relaxation or pampering. It claims not medical benefit, and according to few users, the pump might not be powerful enough to inflate sufficiently the leg wraps to really have an impact on your muscles, especially if you are very thin. The gentle massaging session delivered by this unit has a very interesting and unique way of control: with the buttons up and down you can actually choose the inflation/deflation lapses
It’s a really an affordable unit for those who are looking for a bit of relaxation and maybe some fun to try out. If you are looking for some more vigorous pression, it will not be the right fit.
Leg compression machine can be very beneficial for your health as we stated many times in this article (helping with blood circulation, lymphatic draining, sore muscles) and also for your beauty and looks (cellulite, swollen legs) and it’s a tempting device to have at home. You can find some models that are really affordable, but the quality or the results are not always met by the end users. When you go for the level above you can start seeing a higher satisfaction rate. The high end units almost always have good reviews. The point is that with this type of devices, the quality of the materials and the technology really counts: if the fixations are sloppy, the material poor and the air pump not powerful, you will clearly take no advantage of that unit in your home. A good, reasonable choice will help you really enjoy your purchase.
Leg Compression Machine by Doctor Life V7 wins our ranking because of it’s quality, reliability, flexibility (you can order an extra zipper) and the possibilities of customisation. The last factor has been the decisive one as the powerpress and Neomedic units are really good too, but you’d have to choose between the sequential model and the gradient one.