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Cupping Therapy - What You Need to Know


It's a tool that we are using much more frequently in clinic, and patients are liking the effects.


Cupping therapy is a traditional healing practice that has been used for thousands of years in many cultures around the world. The therapy involves placing cups on the skin to create a vacuum, which draws the skin and underlying tissues into the cup. This suction effect is said to promote blood flow, reduce pain, and improve overall wellbeing.


Types of Cupping Therapy

There are two main types of cupping therapy: dry cupping and wet cupping.

Dry cupping involves placing cups on the skin without making any incisions. The cups can be made of various materials, such as glass, silicone, or bamboo, and are usually heated or pumped to create suction.

Wet cupping, also known as hijama, involves making small incisions on the skin before placing the cups. This allows blood to be drawn out of the body along with other fluids, such as lymph and toxins.

At Clwydian Sports Therapy we do DRY cupping therapy using plastic cups and a vacuum pump to create the suction.



Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is believed to have a wide range of benefits, including:


Pain Relief

Cupping therapy is thought to help reduce pain by promoting blood flow to the affected area, which can help to reduce inflammation and speed up healing.


Improved Circulation

The suction created by cupping therapy can help to increase blood flow and oxygenation to the muscles and tissues, which can help to improve overall health and wellbeing.


Relaxation

Cupping therapy is often used to promote relaxation and reduce stress. The therapy can help to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers and mood enhancers.


Immune System Support

Cupping therapy is believed to help stimulate the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid, which can help to remove toxins and waste products from the body.


Skin Health

Cupping therapy can help to improve the appearance and health of the skin by increasing blood flow and promoting the production of collagen and elastin.



Conditions which can be treated with Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is a traditional form of alternative medicine that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

Here are some of the common musculoskeletal conditions that can be treated with cupping therapy:


Back Pain

Cupping therapy can be effective in treating back pain caused by muscle tension, spasms or strains. The suction of the cups can help to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and relieve tension in the muscles.


Neck Pain

Cupping therapy can be used to treat neck pain caused by tension, poor posture, or injury. The cups can help to release tension in the muscles, increase blood flow, and reduce inflammation.


Shoulder Pain

Cupping therapy can be used to treat shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, or arthritis. The cups can help to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.


Knee Pain

Cupping therapy can be used to treat knee pain caused by osteoarthritis or injuries. The cups can help to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and promote healing.


Plantar Fasciitis

Cupping therapy can be used to treat plantar fasciitis, a common condition that causes pain in the heel and arch of the foot. The cups can help to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and promote healing.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Cupping therapy can be used to treat carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the wrist and hand. The cups can help to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and relieve pressure on the nerves.


Fibromyalgia

Cupping therapy can be used to treat fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition that affects the muscles and joints. The cups can help to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and relieve tension in the muscles.


It is important to note that cupping therapy should be performed by a trained and licensed healthcare practitioner.

It is also important to discuss any concerns or medical conditions with your healthcare provider before trying cupping therapy.



Side Effects and Risks

Cupping therapy is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified practitioner.

However, there are some potential side effects and risks, including:

  1. Bruising: Cupping therapy can cause bruising or discolouration of the skin, which usually fades within a few days.

  2. Pain: Some people may experience pain or discomfort during or after cupping therapy (as with a sports or remedial massage).

  3. Infection: Wet cupping carries a risk of infection if the equipment or practitioner's hands are not properly sterilized.

  4. Burns: Dry cupping may cause burns or blisters if the cups are left on the skin for too long or if they are not properly placed.


Conclusion

Cupping therapy is a traditional healing practice that has been used for thousands of years. The therapy is believed to have a wide range of benefits, including pain relief, improved circulation, relaxation, immune system support, and skin health.


As with any medical treatment, it is important to consult with a qualified practitioner before undergoing cupping therapy. Get in touch to learn more about cupping therapy.



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