WHAT IS CUPPING THERAPY?
Cupping Therapy is treatment method that involves briefly attaching round inverted cups to certain parts of the body. These cups are attached using a vacuum effect. Cupping therapy uses the vacuum effect on the skin inside the cups to increase blood flow to the area, alleviate pain and decrease muscle tension. Cupping therapy is not a new form of treatment, it been used in traditional Chinese medicine and other ancient healing systems. In recent years, cupping has gained popularity among athletes to help assist with muscle recovery.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN CUPPING THERAPY HELP?
Cupping Therapy benefits any area of the body region holding increased muscle tension, myofascial trigger points, or painful muscle tissue. Cupping Therapy is most effective when utilized with a combination of corrective exercise, joint manipulation/mobilization, or dry needling. When combined with these other treatment methods, cupping assists in naturally healing: headaches, tendonitis, back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow, rotator cuff pain, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, hip impingement, groin pain, knee sprains, patellofemoral pain, plantar fasciitis muscle strains, sciatica, and disc herniations.
WILL I GET CIRCULAR BRUISES FROM CUPPING THERAPY?
Cupping Therapy has gained popularity in the media after people noticing the circular bruises on numerous professional athletes. These bruises are a side effect of cupping and typically fade after several days. The bruises are often caused by prolonged exposure to the vacuum effect of the cups in a static position. Bruising is minimized during practice at Peak Physiotherapy and Performance by use of a more active form of cupping, called dynamic cupping, where the cups are not placed in a static position for a prolonged period of time. Because the cups are in motion while a light vacuum effect is maintained, bruising is much less common and treatment is much more comfortable.