Since ancient times, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) have played an important role in human health and welfare. Many therapeutic approaches in healthcare outside the realm of conventional medicine persist in various parts of the world. Acupuncture is the most common and well-known practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). But TCM is an entire system that includes acupuncture, but is not limited to it. Cupping is a TCM practice a practitioner can use in conjunction with acupuncture to help treat patients. People get cupping for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage
The practice increases blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and is thought to stimulate healing. It is similar to the way deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, and shoulders and may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation. According to TCM, this would be a favorable outcome, suggesting the treatment has successfully removed toxins and stagnation. The cups are removed by lifting one edge, which allows air in and breaks the seal and vacuum.
The benefits of cupping include local pain relief and muscle relaxation. Cupping improves overall health by removing the energy blockages that TCM practitioners identify as barriers to the flow of healthy energy or qi. For athletes, cupping may help increase blood flow to a particular muscle region or help reduce pain. Numerous athletes such as Michael Phelps.
Wondering if cupping is for you in your pain or inflammation management, Beyond Health and Wellness has the expertise, Dr. Aaron Bardwell will answer you questions and help you determine what is best for you