Combined with great chiropractic care, massage therapy and cupping therapy are a great way to treat pain and inflammation without being invasive. Even when getting all three services, it’s still much cheaper than something like an invasive surgery or a pain medication prescription. Plus, it’s still extremely efficient.
We know you may have questions, especially about cupping therapy. We’ll go over both so you can better understand more ways to treat your pain and inflammation.
What Is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy, also known as just “cupping”, has actually been a form of alternative medicine for a long time. There is a lot of evidence that shows that some form of cupping was used by ancient Egyptians all the way back during the 1500’s B.C., the early Chinese dynasties, and some cultures in the Middle East. Although their understanding of the medical field wasn’t nearly as advanced as it is today, they often used cupping to treat ailments of the lung like bronchitis.
The main goal of cupping is to increase blood flow. This is to promote natural healing in the body and reduce overall inflammation. Special cups are placed on targeted areas of the body, and the therapist will then use the cup to create suction inside of the cup. This causes the skin to redden and “rise” inside the cup due to the suction. If you’ve never seen cupping before, the process could look a little alien to you. Rest assured, though, that cupping is painless and beneficial.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
Everyone wants to feel great. Optimal, overall health and wellness is achieved through numerous different means to give you a happy, healthy life. Just like with great chiropractic care, good dieting, and exercise, cupping therapy can also give you a lot of added benefits.
Although more studies are needed to definitively provide accurate benefits of cupping, almost all patients report very noticeable improvement after their first session. Cupping therapy has been used to help alleviate and treat pain, decrease toxins in the body, improve circulation, and more.
Cupping therapy is very popular among professional athletes, especially for Olympic athletes. The most common reason for them to use it is after a period of strenuous activity, like a training session or olympic event. The cupping therapy is used as a method for post-workout recovery. These professional athletes have stated that cupping allows them to have a shorter recovery time without sacrificing anything.
Is Cupping Therapy Safe?
As with any form of medicine and treatment, cupping therapy is safe assuming you go to an experienced health professional like Meyer Chiropractic. Our therapist has a lot of knowledge and experience with cupping to ensure your safety and wellbeing. Of course, there are a few mild side effects you may encounter:
- Redness of the skin
- Some skin irritation
- Discoloration that appears like bruising, but is just “stagnation”
- Slight discomfort, but not pain
These side effects are temporary and should never stick around for more than a week. Additionally, none of these side effects or the cupping process itself should be painful. If you feel anything more than slight discomfort, let the therapist know.
Get Cupping Therapy With Your Chiropractic Care in Southlake
Are you ready to bring your health and wellbeing to a higher level of greatness? Our chiropractic services at Meyer Chiropractic pair perfectly with our cupping therapy to strengthen your body’s natural ability to heal. If being pain-free is your thing, and you would like to see why cupping therapy is loved by professional athletes from all over the world, give us a call today to schedule your first session.