More and more people nowadays, including athletes and other celebrities, opt for natural and non-intrusive healing alternatives to treat countless modern society illnesses and disorders. Although it is not a new therapy method among many, cupping therapy is a non-intrusive type of massage that focuses on your deep body tissues without deep pressure.
Whatever you do to relieve stress, pain, anxiety, or perhaps cope with an overwhelming work week, you might want to consider cupping therapy. To experience this therapy method, we invite you to reach our expert acupuncturists at Trinity Acupuncture wherever you are in Torrance, California.
Understanding Cupping and Its History
Like acupuncture, cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine known for healing multiple illnesses and health conditions. Typically, cupping is the art of using cups against your skin to create a localized gentle vacuum suction that helps in speedy recovery of any uncomfortable pain, muscle tensions, and other disorders through increased blood circulation.
While most therapists nowadays use plastic and glass cups, during ancient days, people were using bamboo, pottery, and hollowed horns to create suction cups which were also effective in creating the required vacuum for skin suction. Cupping therapy mainly focuses on your body acupuncture points to open up your energy meridians or pathways to promote healing in the affected areas.
Nowadays, several people worldwide are now using cupping to complement their treatment plans, and you should try it as well. Depending on your healing goals and preferences, your therapist can use either of the following types or methods of cupping:
- Dry cupping
- Wet Cupping
What You Should Keep in Mind Before Seeking Cupping Therapy
If you want to experience cupping therapy as a natural treatment and healing alternative, you should discuss this decision with your prospective acupuncturist before your first appointment. Cupping therapy is a therapeutic healing plan idea, but it is not recommendable to everyone.
For the following groups of people, an acupuncturist must exercise extra caution during the cupping therapy process:
- Menstruating women
- Pregnant women
If you have a hemophilia health condition, which affects your blood clotting process, you should inform your therapist to consider other therapy plans because this treatment plan might not be the best for you. Also, you should not consider cupping therapy if you are currently using blood thickening medication or if you have any of the following:
- Skin ulcer
- A sunburn
- A recent trauma
- A wound
Preparing for Cupping Therapy
To increase the chances of achieving excellent results after cupping therapy, you should start preparing for this procedure ahead of time. Here is how to prepare for cupping therapy:
- Eat – It is okay to eat an hour or two hours before your appointment with a therapist
- Hydrate – As you know, water is essential for your overall health, especially to the lymphatic system, which clears waste and toxins from your body during wet cupping
- Don't shave – Avoid shaving the affected area hours before visiting your acupuncturist for cupping therapy
- Recover from any sunburns – During the cupping process, you will feel like the affected area is warmer than usual, which might make you feel uncomfortable if that area of skin has a sunburn
- Don't exfoliate aggressively – This is the removal of the dead layer of the skin from your body, which makes your skin sensitive when you do it excessively or aggressively
Tips for Finding a Reliable Therapist/Acupuncturist for Cupping Therapy
As part of your preparations, you must also find a reliable acupuncturist for the best cupping therapy services. Below are tips to consider when searching for a reliable acupuncturist for cupping therapy:
Conduct a Prior Research
Conduct brief research as part of your homework to familiarize yourself with cupping therapy to understand and know what to expect. As part of your research, you may also want to seek recommendations from your friends who have had cupping therapy experience in the past to reduce the numerous options of experts available when finding a reliable therapist.
Consider the Expert's Experience
For the best and satisfactory services to give you that healing and relaxing effect you need, you should take your time to find an acupuncturist with prior experience in cupping therapy. An experienced acupuncturist will understand which cupping therapy process will work out in your favor to treat your specific health condition and offer you the best services.
Ensure you ask your prospective expert his/her experience during your initial consultation, which you can do over the phone before you make any significant commitment.
Consider the Expert's Reputation
To know your prospective expert's reputation without even speaking to him/her, you should consider checking his/her past client's reviews/comments on his/her business website or social media platforms. Do not underrate past client opinions on your prospective expert comments section on his/her business website because it gives you a hint of what to expect.
Consider His/her Certification and Training
One way to filter reliable experts from mediocre experts is by checking their qualification credentials. Ensure you ask your prospective therapist to provide you with documentation to prove his/her certification to practice this type of massage/therapy.
It shows some sense of seriousness and professionalism dealing with an acupuncturist with proper training and valid certification to offer these services, including proper business licensing.
Consider the Location of the Expert
If you choose to complement your treatment plan with cupping therapy, you must find a reliable expert within your residential area for convenience purposes. It would be best to find a spa where you can drive to and from without a hassle after work hours or during your free time.
The Cupping Therapy Process
The cupping therapy process is a non-intrusive and therapeutic healing procedure, lasting less than fifteen minutes. What to expect during the cupping process will depend on your acupuncturist's cupping method to achieve your desired healing goals.
During dry cupping therapy, your massage therapist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, or any other trained expert will heat the inside of each cup using a cotton ball containing a flammable liquid like alcohol. The purpose of the heat is to drive oxygen out of the cup to create a vacuum force that promotes suction of your skin up into the cup.
During wet cupping therapy, your service provider will use a thin needle to pierce the targeted area of your skin before commencing with services. The purpose of piercing the skin is to enable toxins to flow out through the punctures during the cupping process and facilitate healing.
Your skin may turn reddish because of the change in pressure, but it is nothing to worry about because it will fade away after a few days. Depending on the treatment method, your service provider can use multiple cups to achieve the desired healing or relaxation effect. Often your service provider will use massage oil to facilitate the movement of these cups conveniently on the surface of your skin from one acupuncture point to the next.
Amazing Benefits of Cupping Therapy
Although it may sound painful, cupping is painless and is associated with several benefits than massage therapy alone. Apart from healing or reducing muscle tension and accelerating the removal of toxins from your body as more blood circulates to the affected areas, cupping therapy also comes with several other benefits such as:
Cupping Helps to Reduce Anxiety
Cupping can help to reduce anxiety as your therapist moves the cup across the surface of your smooth oiled skin because it engages the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes deep relaxation in your entire body.
Cupping Helps to Clear Congestion and Asthmatic Conditions
The build-up of phlegm or fluid in your lungs due to asthma, bronchitis, or cold, commonly known as congestion, is treatable through cupping therapy. The suction of your skin into the cup expels and breaks up congestion by bringing blood rich in lymph and oxygen into your lungs and other respiratory muscles.
Cupping Helps to Clear Blockages of the Colon
Cupping therapy affects the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows your heart rate to improve your digestion and increase intestinal activity due to the increased blood flow in your digestive tract system. Gentle cupping, especially on your abdominal side, also stimulates the inside part of your digestive tract to improve your digestion through a process known as peristalsis.
Cupping Can Improve Spider and Varicose Veins Condition
People with varicose veins, a condition resulting from blockage of valves inside the veins, can also benefit from cupping therapy as a complementary treatment plan. Typically, varicose veins are bluish and enlarged veins underneath your skin, especially on your legs.
The blockage of your veins valves in the leg affects the pumping of the blood from the leg muscles to the heart, which makes blood congests and the veins bulge. A series of cupping therapy sessions can help reduce this health condition by bringing fresh and oxygenated blood to the affected areas on your legs and feet.
Cupping Can Reduce Scars and Stretch Marks
Increased blood circulation on the affected areas enables your body to eliminate toxins and excessive fluids (edema), which reduces the appearance of your scarring. Cupping therapy is also helpful to people with stretch marks, although it will take a series of cupping therapy sessions to achieve lasting effects.
Cupping Helps in Sports Recovery
Most athletes are now complimenting their healing and recovery practices with cupping therapy, which speeds up the healing process by increasing circulation and blood flow in the affected areas.
On top of the above benefits, cupping therapy is also helpful in reducing symptoms of the following health conditions or disorders:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Facial paralysis
- Cervical spondylosis
Whether or not cupping therapy will work out in your favor to treat your specific health condition is an issue you need to discuss with your prospective acupuncturist before making any significant commitment.
Possible Side Effects of Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy is not associated with any harmful side effects or whatsoever. The possible side effects you may experience will occur during the treatment process and immediately after. While it depends on a person, you may feel dizzy or lightheaded during the treatment. Other people may also experience nausea and sweating, which is normal.
Generally, cupping therapy is safe and a great investment for your health and wellness as long as you don't mind the following possible side effects:
- Temporary circular discoloration
- Temporary bruises
- Temporary burns
- Muscle soreness
As long as you have a reliable therapist for the services, cupping is safe and may turn out to be the healing procedure you needed to incorporate in your treatment plan many years ago. Everyone's body is different and will react differently to cupping therapy because some people don't experience any side effects during and after the procedure apart from the reddish bruising.
If you experience any severe and uncomfortable side effects following cupping therapy, it is advisable to consult your therapist as soon as possible. He or she should advise you on what to do next for your healthiness and wellness.
What to Avoid Following a Cupping Therapy
Your therapist or acupuncturist will advise you to avoid the following 4 to 6 hours after a cupping therapy session:
- Hot tubs and hot showers because your skin will be sensitive to temperatures in the treatment areas
- Caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods, processed and dairy meat because can potentially slow your natural body ability to process the treatment
- Cold and windy conditions
- Intense exercise
When you observe the above cupping therapy aftercare tips and keep hydrating, the circular bruising on your skin and any other possible side effects should disappear within no time.
Find a Reliable Acupuncturist Near Me
To experience this ancient Chinese treatment and healing procedure for the first time, reliable and experienced acupuncturists at Trinity Acupuncture are here for you. We invite you to call us at 310-371-1777 if you would like to consider cupping therapy as a complementary treatment plan for your ailments.
Our acupuncturist will be pleased to serve you and do what they do best on your body, even if you prefer in-house services wherever you are in Torrance, California.