What Is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is one of the many different forms of Chinese medicine that is still practiced today. It has been in use for thousands of years and is a homeopathic remedy rising in popularity along with acupuncture. Cupping therapy is good for any sort of stagnant pain, such as old sports-related injuries or other injuries that cause long-term pain requiring regular management. Simply put, cupping therapy is the application of special cups to areas of the skin near body parts experiencing pain.
Side Effects Of Cupping Therapy
Cupping provides immediately and long-lasting pain relief, but it does have one very distinct side effect. The areas where the cups are applied to will be left temporarily with round spots where the cups were located. These suctions spots will fade away after three or four days and be completely gone after about a week. Anyone receiving cupping therapy should be made aware of this beforehand.
How Cupping Therapy Is Performed
Cupping therapy begins with a cotton ball being soaked in surgical spirits. The cotton needs to be held with lockable forceps and excess spirits should be removed. Lighting the soaked cotton creates a flame, which eats up the oxygen in the cup and creates a vacuum. It is that vacuum that creates suction and allows the cups to be applied easily to the skin. The cups are left on the skin for about twenty minutes. The areas where the cups are stuck will start to turn a purple color. When this happens, it is time to remove the cups, which easily pop off once the suction is broken.
How Cupping Therapy Works
Smaller cups are used around bony joints like the elbows and knees and bigger cups are applied to larger areas of skin that are more fleshy. The suction created by the cups serves to pull the blood from deep down in the flesh and muscle and bring it to the surface. Blood flow is extremely important when it comes to healing injuries as well as relieving pain. Blood carries both oxygen and nutrients, which your body needs to recover.
The blood will nourish the muscles and alleviate soreness as well as other ailments that may be bothering you. Muscles that are tight or strained will be relaxed and much looser after cupping. Cupping is an alternative form of pain treatment for old sports injuries as well as long-term injuries if you are interested in not relying on pain medications for your pain management.
Combining Cupping Therapy With Other Remedies
Some patients find it particularly effective to combine cupping with other forms of alternative medicine such as acupuncture. Following cupping with acupuncture can provide additional pain relief. Acupuncture also improves blood flow and is even more effective for the suction areas that are left from cupping. Cupping can also be combined with massage therapy, aroma therapy and more. Before seeking out cupping therapy it is extremely important that you receive a complete and accurate diagnosis of your condition.