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 is not a new form of treatment, it has 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 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. This treatment is often comparable or interchangeable with other soft tissue massage techniques such as: graston, IASTYM, gua sha, deep tissue massage and tendon scraping. While vacuum effect of the cups makes the technique unique from other types of soft tissue massage, it is thought of to yield similar results.
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 during the Olympics. Bruises are not necessarily harmful and are not required for pain relief to occur These bruises are often 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. The goal of dynamic cupping is to provide an increase in blood flow to a larger surface area of the skin rather than one small and specific spot.
WHERE CAN I FIND CUPPING THERAPY NEAR ME?
Peak Physiotherapy and Performance provides cupping for patients with a number of different injuries for pain relief. We use this this procedure in our maintenance programs to get rid of muscle soreness and to bring new blood to the area we are treating. We also use cupping therapy for back pain relief, neck pain relief, shoulder pain relief, elbow pain relief, and knee pain relief. Keep in mind, Cupping is always used in combination with several other treatment techniques to maximize pain relief and get you back to doing what you love as fast as possible. Peak Physiotherapy and Performance has 2 office locations in where we provide cupping therapy in Columbus Ohio. We have one location provides cupping therapy in Blacklick and another location provide cupping therapy in Canal Winchester.