Cupping, also called acupressure or cupping therapy, has been practiced in China since the 14th century, and has recently become popular in Western culture as well. In this alternative medicine practice, glass cups are placed on the body to create suction and remove impurities from areas of pain or congestion; it’s especially popular with people who suffer from migraines or chronic neck or back pain.
Cupping and What it Helps
Cupping is an ancient practice in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. This suction pulls the skin and underlying tissue upwards into the cup. Cupping can be used to relieve pain, stimulate circulation, and reduce inflammation. The practice is thought to date back to ancient Egyptian times, and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Today, cupping is gaining popularity as a complementary therapy for a variety of ailments. Cupping often includes several sessions over time, with some practitioners prescribing up to 10 sessions at once. Because it’s non-invasive and does not use medication or drugs, there are no risks associated with cupping. However, like any type of medical treatment, cupping should only be performed by licensed health care professionals.
What to Expect After Your First Cupping
You may have some temporary bruising after your first cupping session. This is normal and will dissipate within a few days. You may also feel more energized, as cupping can help stimulate circulation. If you have any pain or discomfort, be sure to tell your practitioner so they can adjust the pressure accordingly. Remember that this treatment is not for everyone, so if it does not work for you at all, do not worry! It is important to remember that cupping cannot cure diseases or illnesses but rather alleviate symptoms. For more information, contact the specialists at Inner Ocean at 720-770-5221.
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