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Handheld cups are used in the vacuum-style massage method known as cupping. The skin and other soft tissues are compressed using traditional massage techniques. It is actually the opposite of cupping. The basic concept is to pull away from your skeletal system while applying negative pressure to tissues.

Even while it might sound intimidating, that is not at all painful. What is meant by “cupping” is exactly what it is. There are many ways to use the cup, but only a skilled practitioner would know the optimum spot to use it and how to move it.

How does Cupping Therapy Work?

The human skin is the body’s biggest organ. In the deep tissue and skin layers of the body, toxins will float around. According to claims, cupping therapy “pulls the bad poisons up to the surface,” enabling healthy blood and oxygen to reach the affected areas. This enables the lymphatic system, kidneys, and liver to clear out the poisons.

Post-Treatment Cupping Effects

The transient skin darkening caused by the cups’ placement is the cupping treatment’s most obvious side effect. These marks, which resemble bruises at first glance, are really created by the buildup of stagnant fluids in the tissues. This shows that the tissue is absorbing the medication and healing. In addition to these often moderate and transient side effects, some persons also report vivid nightmares, fatigue, and food cravings.

The body can bear the effects of cupping for up to a week. The cupping rings typically start to disappear after 3 days. The cupping marks may remain on the skin for longer than a week if the person has other physical or mental health issues, chronic pain, high toxin levels, candida yeast, or significant stress.

What are the Benefits of Cupping?

Chiropractic care that includes cupping helps you heal more quickly, reduce discomfort, and treat injuries more successfully. We shouldn’t overstretch an area when a patient is suffering extreme tightness or strain. To relax the muscles without putting too much tension or pain on them, we’ll use cupping. In order to ease the muscle in the area that will be adjusted during the chiropractic adjustment, we also use cupping prior to the adjustment.

What Conditions Can Cupping Help?

Most likely, if you have ever encountered cupping marks, you have seen them predominantly around the spine. Cupping is not just for back problems, though. Almost anyplace you might have musculoskeletal pain, cupping can be applied.

A person’s range of motion and pain threshold may not improve or diminish to the same degree for everyone (remember, humans are all different, as well as there isn’t a single size for everything).

Cupping has been demonstrated to momentarily reduce pain in the majority of soft tissue problems and injuries.

Common symptoms that we might observe include:

  • generalized knee discomfort (patellofemoral pain),
  • shoulder/rotator cuff tendon pain,
  • chronic neck pain,
  • hamstring strain,
  • lower leg/calf strains.
  • Low back strain or pain

Is Cupping Safe?

The alternative medical practice of cupping is well-established, secure, and efficient. On the treated area, it frequently results in crimson or even dark purple discoloration. It’s crucial to understand that despite how they appear to be bruises, these marks are not bruises. In contrast to a bruise, cupping does not harm the tissue. The discoloration will lessen in intensity (becoming crimson or light red) as the area continues to receive care and starts to heal. Eventually, the patient might not experience any discoloration at all.

As Dr. Brayan says  
“My goal is to find the root cause of your pain and help you live the pain-free life you deserve”
– Dr. Brayan Dalton, UAE  


Joanne Horowitz

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