“Where there’s stagnation, there will be pain. Remove the stagnation, and you remove the pain.” ~ Chinese Proverb
CUPPING THERAPY is an ancient practice that spans both East and West. In the East, the Chinese have been practicing the art of cupping for at least three thousand years. The ancient Greeks, Romans, through the Alexandrians and Byzantines, cupping therapy was passed on to the Muslim Arabs and Persians (modern Iran). The Prophet Mohammed even approved and permitted the use of Hijama cupping therapy.
The old Chinese wisdom implies that pain results from the congestion, stagnation, and blockage of Qi, or vital energy, vital fluids, lymph, phlegm, and blood. If pain is the element of disease, then suffering is a result of inconsistent flow our body. Cupping is, therefore, a way of breaking up the blockage to restore the body’s natural flow of energy.
Cupping relieves tired, sore, and overworked muscles, perfect for ridding the body of acute pain. Even better for people who need to add more to their chronic pain management regimen. Immediate stress relief will be experienced.
Is cupping safe?
Cupping is safe when done by a trained professional on people who are generally healthy.
Keep in mind: The Cups may leave big, hickey-like bruises on your skin that can last from a day to a week depending on your circulations—so if that’s not something you’re interested in ask your therapist to do gliding cupping to minimize the redness. The color of the marks will vary with each person it does not imply how well cupping will work for your body.
There is a common misconception that cupping can cause bruising. However, the marks left by cupping are not bruises. Bruising is caused by impact trauma leading to breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury. There is no compression in cup therapy, only negative pressure (suction not compression).
One of the ways I personally describe what cupping feels like is deep tissue the opposite say. If the suction of the cups feels too tight or pinchy the pressure can be adjusted by the therapist. It does not have to hurt at all, you don’t have to be a suck it up for it to work. The results of the work depend on the skills set of the therapist using the tools (Cups).
Even though Cupping Therapy may appear to be painful for some people it is not.
In short: Cupping is not going to do any severe damage or add to your injuries—and hey, it most likely will help that back pain that’s been bothering you for weeks, so give it a try.
Disclaimer: At Trinity Massage Haven LLC, Ellie Dukes LMT practices DRY CUPPING. Dry Cupping is approved by the Massage Therapy State Board of Pennsylvania. Cupping is a tool used in your treatment plan to help relieve/reduce/eliminate your
Your’s in Health,
Are you searching for a Licensed Massage Therapist, who knows the ins and outs of stress and how to relive it with Cupping Therapy? look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services that can help combat stress and injuries. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.
The rotator cuff is comprised of the muscles and connective tissue that surround the shoulder joint. The four rotator cuff muscles are supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. The tendons of these muscles keep the head of your humerus, the upper arm bone, within the socket of the shoulder. Injuries to this area are common in people who play baseball, tennis, certain musical instruments and paint. It is also common in those that do repetitive overhead activity and heavy lifting. Rotator cuff injuries may be the result of either an acute injury to the shoulder or progressive degeneration of the tendon(s) over a long period of time.
- Weakness in shoulder and arm
- Dull achiness
- Decreased range of motion
- Disturbed sleep when sleeping on the affected shoulder
- Pain when doing activities of daily living
A physician makes a diagnosis based on tests and various kinds of imaging.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnet to display all structures of the shoulder in a very detailed image.
- Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the soft tissue structures in the body, such as muscles and tendons. It allows assessing the structures of your shoulder as they move, or dynamic testing. It also allows the examiner to make a quick comparison between the affected shoulder and the healthy shoulder.
- X-rays. A rotator cuff tear won’t show up on an X-ray, but this test can see if bone spurs or arthritis is the cause of the pain.
Depending on the severity of the injury to the rotator cuff, treatment options range. Ice and rest are beneficial for relatively benign rotator cuff injuries. Others may opt for cortisone steroid injections, physical therapy, acupuncture, and even surgery to repair a tear.
Massage therapy can be very helpful when it comes to treating a rotator cuff injury. Massage therapy brings fresh blood and lymph into the area by improving circulation. This helps to speed the healing process. After surgery, massage therapy helps reduce scar tissue formation. It can also help to improve mobility and flexibility of the shoulder joint. If the joint is swollen, then do not apply deep massage strokes, nor should you stretch the area.
Massage therapy is also an ideal way to prevent shoulder injuries. A variety of techniques and modalities can help elongate muscles and contribute to their pliability. This helps the muscles become more resilient and recover from injury. Speak with your massage therapist about the kind of pain you are experiencing, including how long you have been experiencing the pain, and if your range of motion has been diminished. Self-care can also go a long way to help prevent injury. Daily stretching before physical activity is an easy and effective way to help with shoulder pain.
Yours in Health,
Are you searching for an expert Licensed Massage Therapist, who knows the ins and outs of chronic pain relief, Look no further! I’m Ellie Dukes, Licensed Massage Therapist-specializing in prenatal and oncology massage therapy for 12 years. However, I offer an array of massage services. Visit me at Trinity Massage Haven in Blue Bell PA. Call to Schedule your appointment today at 267-584-3015 or Book online now.