Experiencing PAIN? Cupping therapy is NOT just for the Olympic Athletes… it might be for you too!
Have you tried cupping before? It is one of my favourite ways to relieve any built up tension in my muscles and relaxes my body! As the #olympics are coming up I thought I would spread the word about cupping as it is one of my go to techniques for patients with #pain! It can look a little interesting but most people find it feels like a good massage.
What is cupping?
Cupping involves placing cups on the skin to create a suction to stimulate the flow of energy. It is a non-invasive ancient Chinese Medicine therapy that dates back over 2,000 years. There are different types of cupping such as glass cupping with fire or plastic cups.
3 BENEFITS of Cupping
✨1) Relaxes the body – HOW? It works deep to stretch the muscles and the fascia covering the muscles.
✨2) Relieves pain – HOW? Pressure applied to painful areas and swelling cupping works to improve increase blood flow and send in nutrients and oxygen to the area ultimately relieving pain!
✨3) Detoxifies – HOW? Poor circulation can cause toxins to build up. Cupping pulls in fresh blood to enter the area and removes stagnate blood containing toxins, debris and dead cells.
Cupping has been used in lung infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, common cold or more commonly to relieve tight muscles.
How many sessions do you need? It really depends on the person, but I generally recommend trying 3-4 sessions and then seeing how you feel and then reassessing.
Is Cupping Therapy safe? Cupping therapy is generally safe if performed by a healthcare professional. Cupping can result in bruising, soreness and discomfort.
Does Cupping really work? The research is mixed. Some studies say cupping therapy can really help low back pain others day it can be due to placebo.