What is cupping?
At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps added to the collection of medals that make him “the most decorated Olympian of all time.” But the medallions hanging around his neck weren’t the only “decorations” that generated attention. The media and public also became fascinated by the tennis ball-sized red circles on his upper back and shoulders. A result from cupping therapy.
Cupping therapy is an alternative form of medicine used at Injury Health Center to increase blood flow which, ultimately expedites healing and recovery.
This wellness treatment suctions the tissue and silicone cups on the patient’s skin to create a vacuum, so the blood is drawn to the surface of the skin in specific parts of the body that need healing. Another important factor is that cupping promotes the flow of blood in the body. As the muscles and tissues are flooded with healing nutrients and fresh oxygen, they relax completely. The relaxation effect is also extended to the nervous system that seems to get sedated with cupping. When you go into the stress mode, your muscles react by going into spasm and stiffening. For this reason, you sense the tension in your neck, shoulders, and back. Cupping can help release this tension so you feel the stress melting away. In fact, it is not uncommon for patients to fall into a deep slumber during the session.
Cupping is a very common practice among athletes and is considered an effective treatment to increase motion and soothe sore and tired muscles. The increased blood flow to the treated areas helps to promote muscle healing. It is especially helpful when the patient is competing in a sport such as swimming, gymnastics, or track and field because they are constantly using these muscles. Increasing the blood flow will help loosen these muscles and improve the range of motion.
Cupping therapy is a suitable and affordable option for all patients looking for a relatively pain-free and more natural approach to pain management and relaxation. Schedule a complimentary consultation today!
What Conditions Can Benefit from Cupping?
Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,’ thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points.
And for good reason. Cupping therapy has a host of health benefits that can often outweigh modern medical techniques. Here are just a few:
- High blood pressure
- Joint Pain
- Chronic back and neck pains
- Promotes relaxation
Schedule a complimentary consultation today to learn more!