Whether you use this phrase to signify your emotions, good or bad; or experiences — sickness, tension, sadness, and everything in between, we can all relate.
If you are sick, stressed, depressed, or experiencing any other effects of life happenings that don’t make you feel like yourself, you could benefit from a cupping therapy treatment!
Cupping has been around for thousands of years, but over the last year it has taken over as one of the top methods for athletes and others to cope with stress, sickness, and tired muscles.
So, what is cupping therapy exactly? What types of procedures and experiences can you expect from getting a cupping therapy treatment?
More importantly, how can cupping therapy help you?
What is Cupping and What Is It Used For?
According to studies, civilizations have been using cupping since around 1,550 B.C and maybe even before then.
The exact civilization that founded cupping is a little unclear. Reports show that Egyptians, Chinese, Greek, Persian, and other civilizations all relied on cupping as a form of medicine.
Cupping therapy is based on the belief that health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and poor energy flow through your body — cupping relieves this type of pain.
What Should You Expect During Your Cupping Treatment?
The process of cupping therapy is similar to acupuncture and massage.
First, you and the cupping therapist will find where your pain is located, which will dictate your cupping therapy session.
From there, a set of silicone, plastic, or glass cups will be placed on the areas where your pain is — traditionally they are placed on the back, but cupping therapy also works for the stomach, arms, legs, and other painful and problematic areas on your body.
Once the cups are applied to the painful areas identified, your therapist will create a pressure from the cup on your skin that acts as a vacuum, which sucks your skin inward into the cup and increases blood flow to those areas. This increase in blood flow can help relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation — ultimately eliminating the pain you originally experienced.
At the end of your session you may also experience some discoloration or bruising. This is due to how cupping increases blood flow to the areas that have been suffering ischemic effects (lack of oxygen) that can occur as a result of overuse injuries or tissue strains or sprains.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
Evidence suggests people benefit from cupping in a number of ways.
3 Benefits of Cupping Are:
Help Clear Congestions
In colder months, more people are prone to colds, bronchitis, and/or pneumonia, all of these illnesses create a buildup of phlegm or fluids in the chest causes discomfort and can make it particularly difficult to breathe — cupping therapy can help!
The suction created from cupping can actually break down the excessive fluids and discomfort in your chest, which makes recovering from these illnesses quicker than normal.
As we previously mentioned, the act of cupping therapy creates blood flow and body-fluid to move through your organs.
Cupping therapy increases blood flow to the digestive system by engaging the parasympathetic nervous system, which can help release some of the tensions and discomforts you sometimes feel in your gut.
Relieves Muscle Hypertension
Cupping therapy helps increase circulation.
When the cupping therapy process starts, and the cups are sucking in the areas associated with your tight muscles, your body will start to produce additional blood flow to these areas. Then the additional blood, created by the cupping therapy, will bring extra oxygen into your muscles and can start helping to relieve the muscle tension you were previously experiencing.
Cupping Therapy in Colorado Springs
Are you curious to learn more about cupping therapy? Maybe try it for yourself to help relax, relieve congestions, or muscle aches?
Our experts here at Whole Health Chiropractic are ready to treat you with cupping therapy.
Don’t let the negative effects of “life happening” make you live in pain, visit our chiropractic clinic in Colorado Springs for your cupping massage today!