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First performed thousands of years ago, cupping is a form of therapy that can loosen tight muscles, alleviate pain, and relax the mind. While its origins can be traced back to ancient Egypt, cupping therapy is practiced as a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). For patients who suffer from pain, it can provide effective, drug-free relief. If you are searching for cupping therapy in Denver, Denver South Chiropractic is here to help.
What Is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping is a treatment during which suction is used to create a partial vacuum on the skin using cups. Traditionally, these cups were made of bamboo rods or animal bones. Today, however, glass cups are more frequently used. The vacuum created on the skin increases the flow of blood and energy to an affected area. The increased circulation encourages localized healing and can provide relief from pain.
According to TCM beliefs, cupping works by opening up the body’s energy channels – called meridians – and improving the flow of energy to every tissue and organ. Cupping also encourages tissues to release toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system, which is thought to ease aches and pains.
What Cupping Treats
Cupping can be used to treat many different types of pain, including:
- General body aches and pains
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Elbow pain
- Swelling and edema
- Abdominal pain
Cupping therapy can also be used to treat painful menstruation, coughing from excessive mucus, and respiratory issues, such as bronchitis, asthma, and chronic cough. Because it is non-invasive and drug-free, this type of therapy is safe for most people. However, you should inform us of any preexisting conditions prior to undergoing treatment.
What to Expect
During your appointment for cupping therapy in Denver, glass cups with valves will be placed on specific points on your body by our practitioner. The points chosen often correspond with acupuncture points. A small hand-held device is then used to suck the air out of each cup. The skin is drawn slightly up into the cup when the vacuum forms.
The cups are left in place for a predetermined amount of time, typically ranging from 5 to 15 minutes. During this time, the skin inside the cup will become reddened due to the increased blood flow. A bit of bruising is normal, too. When the time is up, the skin is pressed down on the outside of the cup to allow air to enter. This releases the vacuum.
Cupping Therapy in Denver
For cupping therapy in Denver, look no further than Denver South Chiropractic. For additional information, to find out whether cupping could be the solution to your aches and pains, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.