If you've been watching the 2016 Olympic games, you have probably been hearing about a therapy called cupping. While it may seem like something new, cupping has been around for hundreds of years. You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy its benefits. Come see Dr. Bradford at Heilen Natural Medicine in Casa Grande and try it out today!
What Can I Expect?
Traditionally, glass cups are heated briefly and quickly placed on the skin. You may feel a quick "flash" of heat as the cup is placed, but don't worry - the skin does not get burned in the process. This technique creates a vacuum in the cup which draws your skin up into the cup like a suction. There is a sensation of pressure when the cups are placed. Your doctor or therapist can adjust the intensity of the suction to your preference.
With Stationary Cupping, the doctor or therapist will leave the cups in one position on the body for a period of time - anywhere from 5-10 minutes. Depending on the strength of the suction, this can potentially leave a circular bruise on the skin, similar to what you've seen on these Olympic athletes. (The picture featured here is from Michael Phelps' Instagram account where he received cupping to his legs last year.)
With Running Cupping, a small amount of oil is spread on the skin before placing the cup. This allows the cup to be moved around on the skin. This technique allows for more coverage and is typically used on larger areas such as the back. A treatment with Running Cupping usually lasts about 30 minutes.
Conditions that Benefit from Cupping
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Shoulder and neck pain
Benefits of Cupping
- Improved blood flow
- Improve athletic performance
- Speed up healing and recovery
- Decreased pain
- Relax tense muscles
Cupping is a great therapy by itself, or it can be added to an acupuncture treatment as well. Come see what the hype is about and start feeling better!