Cupping therapy is becoming more and more popular, especially amongst celebrities, but the technique actually goes back thousands of years in Chinese and Middle Eastern medicine. Closer to home, patients all over Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Neola, Treynor, Underwood, and the surrounding areas have found improvements in their health and well-being with cupping therapy. The team at Aligned Chiropractic now offer cupping therapy for our patients, which helps to increase circulation, remove excess toxins, and reduce overall pain. Call us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
As you may suspect, cupping therapy involves the use of small cups, usually made of glass or plastic, but could also be made from bamboo, ceramic, metal, or even silicone. The cups are heated before being placed on the area of the body that is to be treated, and as the heat dissipates, the skin is drawn up into the cup.
Because cupping therapy can be done in different areas on the body, it has been used as a treatment for a variety of ailments including arthritis, back pain, neck pain, asthma, gastrointestinal issues, headaches, and even high blood pressure. Because the treatment expands and breaks open tiny capillaries, it causes additional blood to flood the area in order to stimulate natural healing from your body.
Some of the effects of cupping therapy based on a recent review of various studies include promoting the skin’s blood flow, increasing pain thresholds, reducing inflammation, boosting cellular immunity, and a host of other positive effects. Cupping may also have a positive effect on the lymphatic system, which is partially responsible for eliminating your body’s waste.
Types of Cupping Therapy Approaches
There are several different kinds of cupping therapy that are performed. Dry cupping is where suction only is used with the heated cups on the skin. Wet cupping often means lightly puncturing the skin to promote very light medicinal bleeding along with the cups. Running cupping involves moving the cups around a desired area after applying oil for a massaging effect. Finally, flash cupping involves repeated quick suction and release of cups on an area of the body.
With all of the reported benefits from cupping therapy and the fact that it doesn’t involve any medications, it is becoming more and more popular with patients in Carter Lake, Council Bluffs, Neola, Treynor, Underwood, and the surrounding areas. Call our team at Aligned Chiropractic today to schedule your cupping therapy appointment.