Cupping therapy is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most widely practiced forms of alternative therapy in human history. It remained an integral part of the early Chinese, Egyptian, and Greek cultures that used it as an effective treatment and healing modality. Although cupping therapy is an ancient healing practice, it is still used effectively (though in a much-refined form) to treat a number of conditions such as back and neck pain, anxiety, migraines, high blood pressure, lymphatic issues, chronic inflammation, muscle tightness, and loss of range of motion. Practitioners all over the globe use cupping to resolve chronic muscle tightness and pain faster than massage therapy alone. Here are some cupping benefits and common questions.
Cupping therapy (CT) involves placing specialised suctions cups (usually made of glass, silicon, or plastic) onto the skin. Suction is created inside the cups either by means of burning cotton or any other flammable substance or by using a suction machine/pump. The resulting suction draws the superficial tissues of the skin into the cup. The suction creates negative pressure which encourages the flow of blood and lymph to the skin, breaks up and drains stagnation, facilitates rigid soft tissue release, and loosens connective tissues.
When combined with other forms of alternative treatment modalities such as remedial massage, myotherapy, sports massage, and chiropractic care, cupping therapy can offer a host of health benefits. Some of the common cupping benefits are listed below:
- improves blood circulation
- promotes healing
- alleviates pain
- improves mobility
- reduces anxiety
- improves varicose veins and spider veins
You may need to have multiple sessions in order to achieve the desired results.
Cupping Therapy – Common Questions
With the increase in popularity of alternative and natural methods of treatment, more and more people are now looking towards cupping therapy. Here are some common questions about cupping that you need to know before booking your first session.
- Who Can Perform the Cupping Therapy?
Any healthcare professional such as a doctor, a massage therapist, a chiropractor, a physical therapist or an acupuncturist who has undergone extra training to perform safe and effective cupping therapy.
- Is Cupping Therapy Safe?
Cupping therapy is a perfectly safe alternative healthcare technique with limited to no side effects when performed by a trained professional. Pregnant women are advised to always consult their health care professional before having cupping therapy; often times it is not recommended during pregnancy. People with diabetes should also refrain from undergoing CT.
- What are some of the Side Effects of Cupping?
Whilst CT has no major side effects, patients may experience minor side effects occasionally. Some commonly reported minor side effects associated with cupping therapy are listed as under”
- mild discomfort
- burning sensation
If you are someone with thin or damaged skin, you should be cautious and should consult your family doctor before undergoing CT.
- What Conditions can be treated with Cupping Therapy?
In the past cupping therapy was considered to be the treatment of choice for a wide range of health issues, however, now it is regarded as most suitable for treating muscle soreness, stiffness, cramps, pain, inflammation, as well as anxiety and insomnia.
- What is the difference between cupping therapy and massage therapy?
Although the basic aim of both therapies is the same: to manipulate muscle tissues in order to increase blood flow and promote relaxation and healing, the mechanism of the two are actually opposite. Massage works by applying pressure to the muscles by compressing muscle tissues, whereas cupping lifts the tissues away from the bone and decompresses them.
- How Frequent Can I use Cupping Therapy?
For a healthy person, you can have cupping very regularly. Many clients have cupping fortnightly, though some have cupping every 2 or third massage session.
- How long does a cupping therapy session last?
Usually a single cupping session can last anywhere between 15-30 minutes, however, if combined with other alternative treatment modalities such as remedial massage, myotherapy, sports massage, and chiropractic care, cupping therapy can last for about an hour or more. If you would like to personally experience all the amazing health benefits of cupping book in with us now.
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