Cupping is an ancient healing technique often used to increase the flow of blood to an injured area, thereby accelerating the healing and recovery time. Along with increasing blood flow to injured tissue, cupping attracts anti-inflammatory substances within the body to further promote the healing process. Cupping is mostly painless, and many people feel it is even better for aiding healing than a massage.
Cupping in the 21st Century
Cupping is starting to become mainstream thanks to Hollywood celebrities and sports stars using cupping to aid their action-packed lifestyles. One of the indelible images of the 2016 Rio Olympics was the cupping marks on Michael Phelps’ back that he used to help propel him to the finish line of a career draped in glory.
While most people just think of cupping as a practice used in Eastern medicine since it is often used by acupuncturists, cupping has in fact been used for thousands of years in cultures all over the world. There is evidence on papyrus scrolls that the ancient Egyptians were using cupping as far back as 1,550 BC. Cultures in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East have a long history of using cupping as a form of medical treatment.
Benefits of Cupping
- Cupping is wonderful for treating pain and reducing swelling.
- It is excellent for relieving allergy, cold and cough symptoms.
- For people stressed out from the hectic 21st-century world, cupping provides amazing stress-relief benefits. It is a fabulous way to relax and unwind.
- Cupping is known for its detoxifying effects on the body.
- It improves skin conditions such as acne and eczema. It can even reduce cellulite.
- Cupping is also great for relieving gastric discomfort and treating digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome.
How Cupping Works
Cupping works through the simple physics concept of the vacuum effect. Traditionally, cupping is done by lighting something on fire inside a cup and placing it on the body. As the fire dies down, a vacuum is created inside it. This vacuum effect draws fresh blood into the injured area, rapidly accelerating the healing process.
A side effect of cupping is the circular bruise-like mark the cups leaves on the skin. While they may appear graphic to an outside observer, these marks are completely painless. Cupping, in general, is mostly painless. There can be a feeling of discomfort or mild pain while the treatment is being performed; however, it is more of an ache than any kind of pain. As soon as the cup is removed, all discomfort from the treatment disappears.
If you want to greatly accelerate your recovery time from an injury, give cupping a try. The influx of fresh blood and removal of old blood with the vacuum effect of cupping is like magic for helping the body to heal.
If you want to experience the wonders of cupping for yourself, call Spine and Wellness Chiropractic Centers today to learn more.