If you watched the Olympics in Rio this year, you probably noticed the purple bruise-like spots on the arms, shoulders, and backs of various athletes. Questions regarding the marks spread like wildfire in the media, athletes like Michael Phelps swore by the practice, and before the closing ceremonies, everyone knew a little about Cupping Therapy.
But what are the benefits of cupping therapy? Is is exclusively for athletes? Why would one want to pursue this type of therapy?
Cupping therapy was developed thousands of years ago, and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same.
The process involves using heat or air to create suction in special cups that are placed on the body. When this happens, a vacuum is created and it pulls the skin and blood vessels in toward the cup. On the surface, marks are left on the skin, but underneath, blood is pulled to the specific area, improving circulation, loosening up tight muscles, and reducing inflammation.
So, does it work? A 2014 study of 921 people found that most people reported a short-term reduction in pain. At Perfect Health and Wellness, we have personally seen cupping help many patients who were experiencing various types of pain.
Cupping has been known to help:
- Back pain
- Digestive disorders
- Elbow pain
- Various Muscle pain
- and Tennis-elbow
Many will be concerned about the pain experienced during the process. Although the marks left behind are vivid, the process itself can be very therapeutic. Much of the time, the pain experienced will depend on the patient’s pain tolerance.
We highly encourage you to speak with us about the practice of cupping, to find out if it’s the right treatment for you. Dr. Kille has 7 years of experience, and believes the process can help everyone!