Cupping Therapy Benefits Help Pain Relief and More!
Perhaps you saw Michael Phelps in the 2016 Summer Olympics with these mysterious circular bruises on him? Why would someone intentionally get bruises or “hickeys” from cupping and is cupping therapy safe?
Cupping aka Decompression Myofascial Release is not a new fad or trend in pain management at all. Along with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, it is an ancient therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for over 5000 years!
How Does Cupping Therapy Work?
By creating a vacuum inside the cup, the skin, muscles, connective tissue, and circulation underneath are put under a bit of stress. This results in a change to the tissue anywhere ranging from pink to red, or even purple.
What Do The Different Colors of Cupping Bruises Mean?
Cupping Therapy offers both diagnostic as well as therapeutic benefits. Seeing the exact spots that bruise during the cupping treatment allows you and the doctor to determine a better treatment plan in managing and resolving your pain and tension.
A dark purple cupping bruise – very poor circulation and weak capillaries tighten muscles and grow fascial adhesions or “scar tissue” that keep an area sick and full of cell waste metabolites aka “toxins.”
A dark red cupping bruise – inflammation and active muscle strain, fragile capillaries.
A pink spot – little to no impairment in circulation and healthy muscle tissue below.
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Before any treatment begins, understanding your history and getting accurate diagnostics are essential. This gives you peace of mind and precision when determining the course of treatment.