As the ancient practice of cupping has gathered mainstream attention over the last decade, it has also gained traction in the medical community. Neha Shah, MPT, recognizes the therapeutic value of the practice and incorporates it into physical therapy sessions at Back to Center PT in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles. If you’re curious about cupping, call the office or book an appointment online today to try it for yourself.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy in which a therapist warms glass cups and places them along your body’s meridians, or energy pathways. When your therapist places the cup upside-down on your skin, the heat causes a suction effect inside the glass.
The heat and suction effect draw your skin into the cup, increasing blood flow and the healing response at the treatment site. The process is also thought to renew healthy energy pathways throughout the body.
Cupping is a form of deep tissue massage that’s meant to provide relief. Under the skilled care of experienced professionals like Neha Shah and the team at Back to Center PT, you shouldn’t suffer any of the detrimental side effects your risk if you see an unlicensed provider.
You’ll feel the warmth from the cups and the suction effect during the treatment, but you should never feel burning or pain. If you’ve ever placed your hand under the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner, you’ve felt a similar sensation to cupping.
After the treatment, you may notice some mildly tender red circles in the treatment area. The circles usually look more prominent than they feel. In fact, most men and women who undergo cupping enjoy the relaxed sensation they feel afterward, and the red marks quickly subside.
Cupping is a great complementary treatment alongside massage, acupuncture, and physical therapy, especially if you have:
The treatment may not be right for you if you have certain blood disorders or varicose veins, or if you have low heat or pressure tolerance. Also, if you bruise easily or can’t tolerate deep tissue massage, cupping might not be right for you. Your provider discusses any potential issues with you during your consultation.
Cupping helps reduce muscle tension and has proven pain-relieving benefits, especially in conjunction with traditional physical therapies. The practice of cupping helps:
You may notice some benefits right away, such as the relaxation and tension release. As the treatment areas heal, you should enjoy less pain and reduced symptoms.
If you’d like to try cupping, set up a session by calling Back to Center PT today or using the online booking feature.