Cupping therapy, an ancient healing method, has shown potential in alleviating back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other ailments. The technique involves applying suction to the skin, which promotes increased blood circulation in the affected area. As a result, bruising and soreness may occur at the treated site.The suction action of cupping draws fluid into the targeted region, leading to the expansion and rupture of tiny blood vessels (capillaries) beneath the skin. The body responds by replenishing the cupped areas with healthier blood flow, fostering proper and natural healing at a cellular level. Some individuals believe that cupping facilitates the release of toxins due to this mechanism.
What are the potential benefits of cupping therapy?
Many people who’ve had cupping therapy report that it:
- Reduces pain and inflammation.
- Decreases muscle tightness.
- Improves blood flow.
- Increases range of motion.
What should I expect during a cupping treatment?
- The practitioner will place cups on your skin.
- You’ll feel a light pull on the skin and pressure as the cups are suctioned.
- The practitioner may use heat or suction alone to place the cups.
- Depending on the type of cupping, the practitioner may place the cups on an irritated portion of your body, while they work on another portion of your body, before they return to remove the cups.
- Your skin may turn red and show light bruising after your session.
Cupping reduces anxiety
As your therapist glides the cups across your skin during cupping therapy, it triggers the activation of your parasympathetic nervous system. This engagement induces a state of deep relaxation that permeates your entire body. The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for regulating various bodily functions, such as slowing down your heart rate, aiding in digestion, and enhancing activity in the intestines and glands. The overall effect is a profound sense of calm and relaxation throughout your body.
Cupping can reduce stretch marks and scars
The enhanced blood flow resulting from cupping therapy offers several benefits to your body. It facilitates the elimination of toxins, restores proper lymphatic circulation, and aids in the reduction of edema (excess fluid retention). Consequently, this process can contribute to the diminished appearance of scarring.Furthermore, research has indicated that cupping therapy can have positive effects on stretch marks and scars, even in areas distant from where the cups are applied. This suggests that the benefits of cupping extend beyond the immediate treatment site, producing positive outcomes in various parts of the body.
Cupping can improve varicose veins and spider veins
Varicose veins look like bulging, bluish veins just under your skin, usually on legs and feet. They happen when the valves inside the vein aren’t working properly—the valves don’t effectively push the blood from the muscle back to the heart, so the blood congests and the veins twist and bulge. Cupping helps by bringing fresh blood flow and oxygen back to the problem areas. You’ll notice your varicose veins appear lighter after your first session, though it will take a series of cupping sessions for lasting results. (Note: only dry, not wet, cupping is recommended for treating varicose veins. At Resolution Health, we only practice dry cupping.)
Cupping can clear congestion and help treat asthma
Varicose veins are characterized by bulging, bluish veins located just under the skin, often appearing on the legs and feet. These veins develop when the valves inside the veins fail to function properly, leading to ineffective blood flow from the muscles back to the heart. Consequently, blood accumulates, causing the veins to twist and bulge.Cupping therapy can be beneficial in addressing varicose veins by promoting fresh blood flow and increased oxygen supply to the affected areas. After your first cupping session, you may observe that your varicose veins appear lighter. However, lasting results typically require a series of cupping sessions.It’s essential to note that for treating varicose veins, only dry cupping is recommended. At Resolution Health, we solely practice dry cupping, which is safe and effective for this purpose.
Cupping can clear colon blockages and aid digestion
Indeed, cupping therapy can effectively engage the parasympathetic nervous system, leading to increased blood flow to the digestive tract. When gentle cupping is applied over the abdomen, it stimulates the internal organs of the digestive system. This stimulation supports peristalsis, the rhythmic contractions that propel food through the digestive tract, facilitating smoother digestion.Moreover, cupping can aid in clearing colon blockages and encourage the movement of blood and body fluids through the organs, promoting better overall organ function. As a result, cupping therapy may be helpful in relieving indigestion and contributing to improved digestive health.
If you are interested in receiving Cupping therapy today at Attuned Vitality Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we encourage you to call and schedule an appointment with one of our staff members. You can reach us at the following phone number: 503.640.8000. We look forward to assisting you with your wellness needs!