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Massage and Cupping

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy offers a natural conservative treatment approach that relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Our office provides specific massage and muscular therapy that is tailored to meet the patient’s condition and injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include increasing blood circulation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain and spasms, and aid in recovery and range of motion.

Cupping

Cupping therapy increases blood flow, decrease tightness in muscles and encourages healing. A special type of cup is placed on the problem area creating a vacuum, which increases circulation. The cups are placed on trigger points such as knots or swollen muscles. Cupping can be used to treat pinched nerves, tight muscles or back pain.

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy increases blood flow, decrease tightness in muscles and encourages healing. A special type of cup is placed on the problem area creating a vacuum, which increases circulation. The cups are placed on trigger points such as knots or swollen muscles. Cupping can be used to treat pinched nerves, tight muscles or back pain.

The benefits of cupping are similar to those of massage including:

  • Decreased pain
  • Promotion of healing
  • Improved blood flow
  • Improved range of motion
  • Break-up of adhesions/scar tissue

Benefits of Cupping vs Traditional Massage Techniques

Traditional massage techniques include compression of a patient’s muscles and connective tissues; cupping therapy techniques decompress patients’ muscles and connective tissues. This decompression effect can be more beneficial as it allows separation between muscles and the surrounding connective tissues.

The negative pressure created from cupping helps improve blood flow and the release of hormones (kinin, histamine, prostaglandins, serotonin, etc.), which helps to stimulate the healing process. The negative pressure helps to destroy latent (non-functional) blood and lymphatic capillaries, thereby leading to the regeneration of new capillary beds. These effects result in an increased supply of oxygen/nutrients to the area and helps with toxin removal.

If you’re interested in learning more about cupping, or you’re interested in scheduling an appointment, please call us today!