What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including helping with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy is used to soften tight muscles and tone attachments, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bring hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and drain excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. It also creates a negative (tension) pressure which passively stretches tissue resulting in increased ROM, increases blood supply to area treated, increases fluid movement which assists in recovery (i.e. decreased swelling), increases oxygen and nutrient-rich blood supply to injured area to facilitate repairs.
Conditions that respond to cupping therapy:
Low back pain
Migraine, Tension Headaches,and Sinusitis
Pre- & Post-Operative Conditions
Athletic Stress and Injury
Scars and Adhesions
Myofascial pain syndrome
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Cupping has gained publicity in modern times due to its use by American sport celebrities including National Football League player DeMarcus Ware and Olympians Alexander Naddour, Natalie Coughlin, and Michael Phelps.
After employing the cupping method, it is common to find that small bruises or redness will remain on the treated areas of the body, most commonly the back. This is due to all the blood being forced to the surface of the skin. It is believed that if there is the presence of higher amount of toxins in an individual’s body, then the redness will be deeper and more noticeable. However, the fewer toxins present in the body, the individual will experience a reduced amount of visible effects from using the cupping method. Free Consult at Bradenton, FL center or call us on (941) 752-0758.
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