What Is Cupping Therapy? Uses & Benefits With Chiropractic

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What Is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is one of the many services offered at ChiroFit Gym that helps resolve chronic muscle tightness and pain faster than massage therapy and chiropractic alone. You may have seen people at your gym or swimming pool with those tell-tale red circles on their backs and shoulders. It’s becoming more common for people to request cupping to relieve chronic muscle soreness. Cupping might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures.

First, let’s break down what cupping therapy actually is. Cupping is a form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create a local suction. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand allowing for better circulation. Along with improving circulation, cupping can be used to treat many other issues.

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Cupping increases circulation

The suction from the cups increases circulation to the area where the cups are placed. The blood flow to that area can help relieve muscle tension and promote cell repair. It may also help flush built-up toxins through the lymphatic system, which is responsible for eliminating your body’s toxins and waste.

Cupping releases muscle tension

Dr. Lianna incorporates cupping into her treatments because it worked so well for herself. “I’ve found that the combination of chiropractic treatment and cupping therapy has produced the best results for my patients and myself. Patients dealing with pain or injuries get faster results with this method because we can address issues with the musculoskeletal system as a whole.” Think of cupping as a backwards, deep tissue massage. Instead of a therapist pressing into the muscle, the cups suction and pull the tissue upwards allowing for decompression of the muscles and connective tissue.

Cupping improves flexibility and range of motion

When muscle tension is present in an area of the body, the shoulders for example, they’re not able to function and move properly. This will eventually lead to a lack of flexibility in the shoulder capsule and cause pain. Cupping placed around the shoulder will allow those restricted areas to open up and allow for better movement.

Cupping reduces anxiety

When your therapist glides the cups across your skin, the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for slowing your heart rate and assisting in digestion) engages and promotes deep relaxation throughout your entire body.

Wondering if cupping could work for you?

Give us a call or ask your therapist during your next massage session. You can choose to have a cupping only session, or add cupping on to your chiropractic treatment.

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