15 November 2016

Cupping, is it for you?


Depending on your point of view, or interests, last summer was overshadowed, or highlighted by the Olympics. And while very few were able to fly to Brazil to take in the activities in Rio and even fewer were actually able to participate, many followed the action on TV. 

As Canadians, we remember the outstanding performances of our athletes, and especially the female competitors who brought home many medals. But we may also remember Michael Phelps and other sports figures who exhibited big blotches all over their backs, arms and legs, tell tale signs of cupping.

Do they know something that we don’t know? Is this some strange treatment recently discovered? Can this only benefit high level athletes?

The answer to all these questions is a resounding NO!

Cupping has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine and around the world for the treatment of many ailments.

In the case of the athletes at the recent Rio Olympics, cupping was used as a drugless alternative which helped them by relieving pain and tightness and speeding up recovery in overworked muscles. Cupping increased the blood flow to tight areas, thus improving the elimination of waste products and bringing in more nutrients and oxygen. Cupping also worked by softening the connective tissue that wraps around muscles, thus making them more responsive. But cupping is not just for athletes, it can help your average Joe suffering from chronic back and neck pain, cramps, even tension headaches. By adding a third dimension to the treatment, cupping can have the same effect as a deep tissue massage.

Beside muscles, cupping also affects the lymphatic system to increase immune functions. Medical cups can also be used to treat respiratory conditions, colds, coughs and allergies as well as certain skin conditions, including cellulite. In addition, cupping can help induce relaxation by taking away the pain and promotes detoxification and may help digestive functions.

While traditional cupping was done by heating the inside of a glass, ceramic or iron cup with a flame, modern cupping is mostly done with plastic cups using a suction pump to create just the right amount of suction. Cupping may be done by placing several cups over areas of the body and leaving them
for 5 to 10 minutes, or after suction has been applied, the cups may be moved around, lifting up tissue as it is travels along.   

Please call Myoflex today, at 450-9272 if you have further questions about cupping or to book your appointment for any type of massage therapy or acupuncture treatment.