Cupping Therapy is a technique in which small glass cups or bamboo jars are used as suction devices and placed on the patient’s skin to help disperse and break up stagnation and congestion by drawing congested energy and blood to the surface. There are two types of cupping, dry and wet, and the therapist will apply the treatment that’s best for you, depending on your symptoms. In dry cupping, the therapist will just place suction cups on the skin, whereas in wet cupping, the therapist will make small incisions on the skin and apply the suction cups over them to draw out small amounts of blood.
How to Create Suction in Cupping Therapy
There are different ways to create suction in the cups and the practitioner will apply the method that is best based on your symptoms or condition. Swabbing, rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup and then lighting it and putting the cup immediately against the skin is one method. Placing an inverted cup over a small flame or using alcohol-soaked pads over an insulating material to protect the skin, lighting it and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it are other methods of creating suction. If you’re concerned about the process, there is no need to fear because flames will never be used close to the skin and will not be lit while in the process of cupping. Rather, it is a means to create the heat that causes the suction inside the small cups.
What Conditions Can Be Benefited
There are a number of benefits to Cupping Therapy and helping with respiratory conditions is just one. Cupping is often used to relieve discomfort, pain and any struggles that come with breathing patterns and abilities by clearing any congestion present in the patient’s lungs, which will not only help those suffering from a severe cold, but those experiencing asthma as well.
Improvements in your skin is another benefit this type of treatment provides because of its detoxifying effects on the skin and circulatory system. Cupping Therapy will remove toxins from your body and improve the blood flow in your veins and arteries. It can also help with any digestive issues you may be experiencing and can improve your metabolism, provide relief from constipation, help build a healthy appetite and a stronger digestion.
Cupping Therapy is known to be very effective and patients tend to be very happy with the results. Whether you are a professional athlete or sit at a desk all day, cupping will help relieve any muscle spasms. More research is being done by health practitioners regarding the benefits of cupping therapy treatments and based on the information they already have it is an effective treatment that can help with a variety of ailments to help patients feel better.
Pro Fusion Rehab can provide you with more information regarding this type of treatment and other pain relieve options, such as Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy and Acupuncture, so if you’re interested in a physiotherapist or RMT in the Pickering or Milton areas, give us a call now!