How can Cupping help with my treatment?
Cupping is a Chinese medicine technique that has been used for centuries for many different conditions. Acupuncturists commonly use cupping as a compliment therapy to acupuncture. For people with needle fears, cupping on its own can offer a great alternative treatment. Some treatments are done with stationary cups (not moving), while more intense treatments can do done with gliding cups (moving).
Michael Phelps is not the only famous person to discover the benefits of cupping. Celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow have been photographed with distinctive cupping marks on their backs and shoulders. Once considered a mysterious, almost scary-looking treatment in the West, cupping is now hitting the mainstream due to its numerous health benefits.
Benefits of Cupping include:
-Stimulating whole-body relaxation response (parasympathetic response)
-Stimulating oxygenation and detoxification of blood while promoting a feeling of lightness and tension relief
-Detoxifies metabolic debris in muscle tissue, fascia, and skin
-Increases range of motion, breaks up adhesions, and promotes healing in scar tissue and chronic injury sites
-Increases lymphatic drainage and promotes circulation
Given these benefits, here are some of the conditions for which cupping can be really helpful:
-Tight and stiff muscles
-Back pain and sciatica
-Piriformis syndrome and IT band pain
-Rotator cuff injuries
-Respiratory conditions, including asthma and bronchitis
-Anxiety, depression, and stress
-High blood pressure (by calming the nervous system)
See next weeks article about, How is Cupping done?
Lani Pickering, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Registered Acupuncturist, Registered Massage Therapist. Click here to see Lani’s bio.