Cupping Therapy involves the application of a cupping instrument to a predefined area on the body to generate a partial vacuum that mobilizes the blood flow and promotes effective healing.
According to Acupuncture Today, “Drawing up the skin is believed to open up the skin’s pores, which helps to stimulate the flow of blood, balances and realigns the flow of qi, breaks up obstructions, and creates an avenue for toxins to be drawn out of the body.”
In addition, cupping therapy can be used as a simple application of quick vigorous rhythmical strokes to stimulate muscles. Along with stimulating muscles, the simple application of cupping can be helpful in the treatment of pains in the arms, legs, head, neck, back, and shoulders.
Cupping therapy has multidimensional benefits that include:
- Deep relaxation throughout the body
- Loosen of adhesions by lifting connective tissue
- Positively enhances blood flow
- Helps relieve pain and inflammation
- Serves as a deep tissue massage and provides deep tissue release
- Improves range of motion
Cupping therapy is not painful. Both athletes and fitness enthusiast have used cupping to relieve; muscle tension, stiff necks, backaches, and other challenges brought on by stress and overworked muscles.
Some wonder why you get marks or skin discoloration around the cupping area. It is believed that toxins and blood moving to the surface cause the marks or circles that cupping can leave. These marks or circles usually fade in about a week. Many patients characterize cupping therapy as relaxing and therapeutic. This modality of therapy creates a pulling action that engages the nervous system allowing a deep relaxation throughout the body.
Dr. Lindstrom and his team of therapists like to use cupping as a complementary therapy to chiropractic therapy, deep tissue laser therapy, massage therapy and other advanced therapies. Add cupping therapy to your recovery by calling to set up your appointment today. Dr. Lindstrom will establish treatment objectives designed around a treatment program specific to your unique needs.
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A common problem that often goes undiagnosed, usually resulting in chronic lower back pain, is leg length inequality.
To one degree or another, this condition is thought to affect between 60-90% of the population, so the problem is fairly widespread. A leg length difference (measured while standing) of 5 mm or greater results in a higher incidence of lower back pain.
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Before beginning treatment of a short leg condition, Dr. Tom performs a simple weight-bearing postural examination to determine if there is any pelvic unleveling and compensatory lateral spine curvature.
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Vacuum therapy, or cupping, is one of the specialized therapies we offer our patients at Lindstrom Chiropractic when appropriate. This therapy delivers increased blood supply to muscles and skin to relieve chronic and acute pain and muscle tension. (Cupping created a mild sensation at the summer Olympics when it was used to treat members of the U. S. swimming team.)
When treating acute back pain, this therapy uses large cups to create a strong vacuum that mimics the rolling action of deep tissue massage to draw out inflammation with little or no pain.
Vacuum therapy is also beneficial in speeding recover from surgical procedures. For example, patients with severe burns or deep abdominal scars, such as C-sections, use cupping to loosen and soften rigid tissue, no matter how old the scar is.
Cupping often creates a deep sense of relaxation. Many patients have reported a deep warmth and tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended.