Cupping is an alternative medicine treatment used to loosen muscles, sedate the nervous system, and remove toxins from the body. One of the major advantages of this treatment is that it does not require any medication or sedation. Patients typically notice results quickly and the treatment is noninvasive.
Valencia Sports Medicine offers cupping therapy as part of our series of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments. Our friendly team will be happy to tell you what the treatment involves and how it can help you with your stress, aches, and pains.
What Happens in Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy works by enhancing circulation to relieve pain and remove toxins. In the treatment, numerous suction cups are placed on the patient’s back. The suctioned area creates a vacuum over the skin that targets deep tissue. When the cup is pulled off, it stretches out the skin and gets the blood flowing. The procedure is usually painless and patients often experience results quickly. It should only be performed by a trained therapist who understands how the therapy works.
Cupping therapy is often used to treat patients dealing with:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Stiff muscles
- Digestion problems
Cupping is safe for most everyone, though patients with skin infections, ulcers, bleeding disorders, or going through pregnancy may not be eligible for it. There may be some light bruising afterward, but so long as you are not prone to bruising these marks should not last long.
Does it Work?
At Valencia Sports Medicine, we only offer treatments that have been backed by scientific research. Cupping has been the subject of many studies and proven to be an effective treatment for several conditions. A 2012 study in the Journal PLoS ONE examined over 135 cases of cupping therapy over 18 years and found the results to be similar to acupuncture and herbal treatments. Members of our staff have studied and undergone extensive training to apply this therapy. They can tell you more about how it works.