Cupping Therapy is a traditional method and is currently used in the treatment of a broad range of medical and health conditions such as to reduce pain.
Cups can be placed on various places on the body depending on the nature of your concern. One potential “side effect” of cupping is of course bruising of different degrees, although most patients call the bruising their “badges of honor” so to speak. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it just shows how much work must be done to rid body of old, stagnant blood in the muscle layer and therefore reduce pain, tension and stress on the physical body and mind respectively. In TCM every response by the body to any treatment can be diagnostically interpreted. In the case with cupping, the goal is to get the least bruising reaction after the treatment, which usually comes with regular once per week cupping.
Cups can be made of bamboo, ceramic, or silicone material, or glass, which is also known as Fire Cupping.
How does the whole cupping process happen? Cupping “is basically just like a massage, but the other way around”. In more scientific words cupping therapy is a soft tissue modality that uses negative pressure to gently lift the skin and underlying connective tissue. This lifting process enhances blood flow in muscles that are tight, painful, and restricted by creating space for old, oxygen-depleted blood to leave so that fresh, oxygen-rich blood can enter. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), cupping promotes the free flow of Qi and blood by remove blockages and stagnation along the meridians that cause pain.”
A few studies and trials around the world have shown evidence of potential benefits of cupping for conditions including neck, back pain, knee osteoarthritis, psoriasis, chronic itching, ankylosing spondylitis, herpes zoster, and even migraines.
My professional experience with Cupping Therapy benefits:
- pain in different body regions
- stress and tension
- cough and generally asthmatic children
- mental/emotional balance
- labor induction
- abdominal cupping for weight loss
- facial cupping for herpes zoster and acne
According to Cedar Sinai blog regarding cupping therapy. “For most patients, cupping is safe to try and could complement an existing treatment plan. Like all therapies, it's important to see a professional who has been trained and licensed appropriately.”
Call and make an appointment and try out what cupping is all about.
Veronica Rogers, LAc @ Bay Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
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