Cupping promotes and increase in blood flow and circulation to the local area, supplies oxygen to the cells and can help to loosen stiff muscles and trigger points. Cupping therapy works based on the vacuum pressure over the specific area opens up the natural energy pathways allowing the body to self heal. When the blood is drawn to the surface of the body, old and stale blood becomes more readily available to be cleaned by the lymphatic system. In this way, cupping has a detoxifying effect on the systems. Cupping can help by decreasing inflammation, increasing circulation and realigning the muscle fibers. High levels of stress can cause pain and tension, cupping helps relax the muscle fibers giving the patient a more relaxed sense.
What are the red marks?
Cupping marks are from the effect of the negative pressure effect of the cups. They are not painful whatsoever, and no blood vessels are injured. When suction is applied, some people have what is called a histamine response, where a redness appears on the tissue. It is part of the natural healing response of the body. The coloration disappears within minutes to hours of receiving cupping. Some people have a stronger histamine response than others, depending of their skin type. If muscle tissue is injured, or not functioning correctly, or there is some kind of local congestion these marks may appear. This is due to the tiny capillaries bursting as the blood moves toward the surface of the body. These marks fade, and disappear in 1-3 days depending on the condition. In more severe cases, the marks may remain for 3-5 days.
Cupping can help to treat the following conditions:
abdominal pain, stomach ache, indigestion
headache and migraine
common cold and cough, asthma, cough, bronchitis
back and body pain
painful menstrual cycles
insect and poisonous snake bites
edema and swelling
limited range of motion
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is chiropractic care?
There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic care. It’s a natural method of healthcare that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health.
Can I tell if I have a subluxation?
Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity—you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other healthcare professionals. Chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.
Why do chiropractors take x-rays?
Chiropractors take X-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.
Do children need chiropractic care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children’s spine checked by a chiropractor early. Many parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.
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