How Cupping Works
Cupping Therapy involves placing glass cups on the skin to create suction. This suction is used to improve blood flow to the area to facilitate healing. It is used to relieve muscle tension, improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It can also help form new blood vessels in the connective tissues where the cup was placed.
The Evolution Of Cupping
Cupping Therapy has become an increasingly common treatment method that is used by qualified healthcare professionals to treat a variety of musculoskeletal concerns.
Cupping Therapy has come a long way since it first originated in terms of hygiene and improved safety standards. At our clinic, Cupping never involves skin penetration or bleeding; simply because we consider that this technique has no justification or significant added benefit.
Additionally, with these advances, there is an improved understanding of:
- How Cupping works
- What conditions can be treated with Cupping
Cupping Therapy involves applying localised vacuum pressure to the skin to powerfully stretch connective tissue including skin and muscles. This drastically improves circulation that creates increased levels of blood locally. Let us explain in more detail.
Stretching Connective Tissue
When a cup is applied to the skin with a vacuum effect, centrally localised vacuum pressure produces compression of the skin at the rim of the cup and traction of the skin and underlying tissue within the cup. The depth of traction of the skin, underlying fat and muscle tissue is dependent on the amount of vacuum pressure inside the cup and the size of the cup used. This vacuum pressure and stretching can help decrease adhesions in connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
The lowered pressure within the cup causes a pressure difference between the skin surface and underlying blood vessels. This creates an almost immediate visible widening of blood vessels, where the superficial capillaries produce pink and even reddened skin. Blood circulation has been shown to increase as much as 5 times normal levels with localised Cupping Therapy. Increased blood flow in muscle tissue may be one of the ways Cupping affects localised pain symptoms. The result of prolonged suction is increased blood levels within the local tissues, which is like a bruise but without tissue damage because of trauma. These increased blood levels are present between 1-4cm deep inside the body and resolve slowly over many days much like bruises. Although they may look like bruises, the marks are your pores opening which releases toxins. These marks on the skin are a good sign that the treatment is effective.
Benefits Of Cupping
Cupping Therapy has been used as a form of treatment for many years. With the advance in science and understanding of how Cupping works, it is a popular treatment used in the recovery of athletes. We love the benefits that Cupping can provide our patients, some of which may include:
- Improved circulation
- Muscle relaxation
- Improved range of motion
- Stress reduction
- Pain relief
Conditions That Are Treated With Cupping
Cupping Therapy is useful for a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints and other conditions too. It can easily be incorporated with other treatments such as Acupuncture and Remedial Massage to improve the outcomes of treatment.
Cupping is an excellent therapy for individuals with:
- Pain, tension, and knots in muscle tissue
- Sporting injuries, such as corked calves or thighs
- The common cold & lower respiratory conditions
- Arthritis and stroke symptoms
- Chronic pain and muscular tension caused by stress
How We Get You The Best Results
Most often, patients seek treatment when there is a significant problem. Like with most things, it is always wise to attend to issues before they become bigger problems.
A benefit of seeing a practitioner is getting your health concern assessed and diagnosed. Our team views health as a state of balance as opposed to having a problem or not. This approach allows for both innovative treatment and prevention of health problems.
The process is simple, the first step is to come into our clinic for an Initial Appointment. This is where your practitioner will identify the area of concern and understand what symptoms you are experiencing. We will address these symptoms to help you get relief fast, as well as look at the causative factors to eliminate this from occurring again. Follow-up treatments will be used to accelerate your healing and work on maintenance treatment to help prevent relapse. Your practitioner will provide you with lifestyle advice and coping mechanisms to assist you on your health care journey.
How Can We Help?
We work with individuals who suffer from many different health concerns. Cupping is just one of the great treatments that we use to help people achieve their best health outcomes. If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please call our team on 02 4709 6727.
We look forward to helping you with your health!