For some people, having painful cellulite is not only an irritating aesthetic problem, for some the condition can be very painful when tissue is touched or pinched. This become evident when they seek treatments for the condition to improve the skins texture. So many treatments use mechanical massage therapies involving manipulation or suction to improve lymphatic drainage.
So many treatments use mechanical massage therapies involving manipulation or suction to improve lymphatic drainage. This has prompted us as experts in the treatment of cellulite to try and better understand the pathology of the problem in order to understand how to combat it.
To understand why these treatments are causing discomfort we need to look in detail at the complex components in the tissue that sense pain.
As cellulite develops the organisation of the connective fibres changes.
As cellulite starts to form, swollen or expanded subcutaneous fat presses on the connective fibres around it, the connective tissues which are attached to the skin’s surface bend, they then pull the skin downwards.
As the condition worsens these fibrous septae harden and loose the elasticity they had. This further impacts on the flow of blood to the tissue and impedes the removal of waste via the lymphatic system. The added complication is that the tissue becomes tender and painful when massaged or pinched.
Cellulite has two clear issues associated with the lack of blood supply. The fist problem is that it caused by poor circulation and this also what makes the condition get worse. So if the circulation is not addressed it will continue to get worse.
The pain sensation arises from the nerve endings and pain receptors sensing the oedema and the thickening of the tissue, this can constrict the nerve endings. This is felt more when the tissue is manipulated using treatments involving massage and suction.
How Compressive Microvibration helps with the suppression of discomfort.
Vibration techniques are used widely in physiotherapy as they are known to help to block pain. The body has two types of pain sensors. These can be used to help with painful cellulite.
Nociceptors that transmit the pain stimuli in tissue.
Mechanoreceptors that collect information about pressure, touch and the environment.
Mechanoreceptors in the skin are divided into four categories
The Merkel receptor is a disk-shaped receptor that is located near the border between the epidermis and dermis.
The Meissner corpuscle is a stack of flattened cells located in the dermis, near the epidermis. A single nerve fibre winds its way through these cells.
The Ruffini cylinder is located in the dermis and has many branched fibres inside a cylindrical capsule.
The Pacinian corpuscle is a layered, onion-like capsule surrounding a nerve fibre. It is located deep in the dermis, in the subcutaneous fat. They are also found in the intestines and joints.
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As pain is triggered during manipulation the Nociceptors send a message to the inhibitory interneuron in the spinal cord to transmit a message of pain to the brain. The brain can then instruct based on the information, e.g. Ouch – move away.
When continuous varied vibrations are applied as part of a treatment this stimulates the mechanoreceptors. They also transmit an impulse to the same neurone in the spinal cord. They then produce a chemical, enkephalin, a pain inhibitor. This closes the Gateway Control and the body does not perceive the painful stimuli as painful.
The effect is no pain and a relaxing sensation as the treatment is carried out. This makes it a pleasurable experience.
In the treatment of cellulite this analgesic or pain relief allows the therapist to work at higher frequencies to help the tissue restore its natural balance. In turn results are seen faster and treatments are therapeutic with an overall improvement to the connective tissue and the lymphatic drainage.
The 55 silicone spheres rotate and manipulate the tissue at the same time they vibrate at varied frequencies to further aid the dePainful cellulite ep tissue manipulation. This stimulates tissue regeneration and lymphatic drainage, at the same time as relaxing and preventing pain.
This is all positive when considering the treatment of cellulite
- Reduced pain
- Reduced damage
- Reduced downtime
- Increased tissue regeneration
- Improved firming of connective tissue
- Improved lymphatic drainage
- Increased vascularisation
- Increased relaxation and toning