What is cupping therapy?
Cupping therapy is an inetersting way of dealing with pain. The practitioner generally puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many reasons like to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation, well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Many think cupping helps balance the body’s yin and yang, good and evil. People believe restoring the balance between these two extremes can help the body fight off pathogens, increase blood flow, and reduce pain.
When you do cupping, the area where one places the cups gets more blood flow. This could make the muscles less tense, which can improve blood flow and help cells heal. It may also help the body make new connective tissues and blood vessels in the affected area.
People use cupping to help with various symptoms and health problems.
Practitioners perform modern cupping using bell-shaped glass cups. They may also be of plastic or silicone.
How does it feel?
Cupping is a great way to relax and doesn’t hurt most of the time. When the practitioner moves the cup in a rolling motion, it feels like someone is pulling the skin. Most of the time, when one removes the cup, the area turns red or feels warm. This happens because more blood flows to the site.
Who can benefit?
Cupping can help just about everyone. It treats problems like lack of mobility, tight muscles, scars, headaches, tendinitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, fibromyalgia, and trigger point release.
What to look forward to after treatment?
After the treatment, you shouldn’t do hard work or be in hot places. When lactic acid builds up in the muscle tissue, you can expect to feel a little bit sore but not as painful as after a deep tissue massage. Expect to get bruises, which can last up to a week.
How does cupping benefit you?
- Scar tissue and fascial adhesions need to be broken up.
- Get rid of painful pressure points.
- Improve circulation, blood flow, and lymph flow
- Relieve pain
- Improves old scars by increasing mobility and range of motion
- Lessen pollution
- If strains have hurt you, sprains, or overloads, our therapists can use cupping to help you feel better without using opioids.
Therapists perform four majorcategories of cupping today:
Dry cupping: a suction-only method;
Wet/bleeding cupping: this method may involve suction and controlled medicinal bleeding. Running cupping consists of moving suctioned cups around the body after applying oil to massage the desired area.
Flash cupping: involves quick, repeated suction and release of cups on a body site.
Suction cup therapy may also involve the use of
- acupuncture needles
- moxibustion or the burning of mugwort leaves
- laser therapy
- electrical stimulation
Subsets of cupping include:
- facial cupping
- sports cupping
- orthopedic cupping
- aquatic cupping
Your practitioner, medical needs, and preferences will help determine method usage.
Why would someone choose to have cupping therapy over chiropractic care or a massage?
Most people only come in for cupping if they haven’t started getting care for their whole body yet. They want fast relief, but they haven’t tried acupuncture or don’t like the idea of an hour-long massage. Cupping takes about 20 minutes, which is quick to do, unlike acupuncture, which takes about an hour. Chinese medicine takes more time than just walking into a doctor’s office and getting a pill. Cupping therapy services are easy to find through an online search of “cupping therapy near me.”
If you are looking for cupping therapy near you, get in touch with us today!