Cupping Physical Therapy
Suction cup therapy (also called Cupping therapy) began as an ancient healing modality in China. Cupping physiotherapy was so effective for treating pain that radiates just below the skin’s surface that it’s been copied and modernized for centuries.
Cupping loosens up your energy and affects your soft tissue, providing results that are hard to dismiss. Whether you want cupping treatment for pain relief, to help you lose weight or just to relax, your Brooklyn pain relief doctors at TRI Physical Therapy is fully trained in cupping physical therapy.
The suction cup therapy technique involves applying inverted physical therapy suction cups to your skin to create a suction to draw toxins out of your body. Suction cup treatment has no side effects and is a very effective form of treatment we use in our Brooklyn pain management and rehabilitation center.
Also called myofascial decompression, this ancient Chinese cupping therapy practice, when performed by a trained physical therapist, is typically done to reduce pain, improve blood flow and induce relaxation.
The physical therapy suction cups are usually made of glass, silicone or plastic. Your best-rated PT may recommend cupping physiotherapy as part of your treatment plan to loosen tight muscles or to relieve pain. Suction cup therapy may be part of your treatment for everything from work-related injuries and sports injuriesto relieving stress and associated weight gain.
Types of Suction Cup Therapy (Cupping)
Over the past several hundred years, cupping physical therapy (PT) has been used in many cultures and done using different approaches, most often as either wet or dry cupping physiotherapy. In both of these types of suction cup treatments, multiple cups are placed on your skin and the air inside the cup is removed to create a suctioning effect.
In wet cupping physiotherapy, superficial skin incisions are made after the physical therapy suction cups are removed and a small amount of blood is suctioned out. This may help reduce the amount of toxins in your body. In dry cupping, the cup is applied to the skin and creates a vacuum which causes your skin to rise as blood vessels expand, but no bleeding is induced in this type of physiotherapy.
How Suction Cup Therapy Is Accomplished
Suction cup therapy is done by placing a flammable substance such as alcohol or herbs inside the cup and lighting it on fire. The heated cup is placed on your skin. As the air inside the cup cools, your skin and other tissues are drawn into the cup.
Modern cupping physiotherapy is usually done by using a rubber pump to create the vacuum effect inside the cup instead of fire. During cupping physical therapy, the suction cups are left in place for about five to 10 minutes. Your local suction cup therapy specialist removes the suction cups after the treatment time has passed. He may cover the area with bandages or ointment. There may be some bruising, which goes away in seven to 10 days.
Conditions That Benefit from Cupping Physical Therapy
Suction cup therapy has been found to benefit people who suffer from chronic soft tissue injury or inflammation, such as myofascial pain syndrome. Your physical therapist may also recommend medical cupping for a variety of other conditions including:
- Lower back
- Chronic headaches
- Chronic cough
- Cupping for weight loss
- Boosting a sluggish metabolism
Cupping Therapy and Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Cupping physical therapy is especially effective in helping to relieve the intense discomfort of myofascial pain syndrome, a painful condition that affects the connective tissue that covers your muscles.
This tissue is called fascia. If you have myofascial pain syndrome, you may have knots in your muscles known as trigger points. These areas are extremely tender and may cause pain in other areas of your body. You may also have muscles that are stiff, weak or have a limited range of motion.
Your nearby physical therapist or your suction cup therapy specialist of Tri Physical Therapy may recommend myofascial decompression if you have this condition. This form of suction cup treatment can alter blood flow and draw toxins out of inflamed muscles. Suction cup therapy can also release trigger points, helping your painful muscles to relax, relieving your discomfort.
Side Effects of Cupping Therapy
There is a slight possibility that you may experience a few minor side effects from having suction cup therapy done. These include minor burns, skin irritation and bruising, but these side effects clear up within a few days.
Your physical therapist can address your concerns about and work to minimize your risks of developing these side effects.
What are the benefits of cupping physical therapy?
Cupping therapy benefits of this type of PT include local pain relief and muscle relaxation. It has also shown to improve overall health by removing the energy blockages that are identified as barriers to the flow of healthy energy. Cupping physical therapy is also extremely effective for professional athletes as it might help increase blood flow to a particular muscle region and/or help reduce pain.
How much does cupping PT cost?
The cupping therapy cost typically varies between $40 to $80 per session. One cupping session generally lasts around half an hour. However, keep in mind that the total cost of this procedure depends on your geographic location, the clinic, and the physical therapist.
What to consider before starting cupping PT?
Before you begin cupping therapy, you should consider the following things:
- What conditions does the physical therapist treat?
- What cupping method does the physical therapist use?
- Does the therapist implement safety measures?
- Is the physical therapist board-certified?
- Do you suffer from conditions that can be treated with cupping therapy?
What to Expect During Your Cupping Therapy In Brooklyn?
The first time you visit TRI Physical Therapy, you will receive a consultation with our specialist. The doctor will ask questions pertaining to your health concerns and the specifics of your problem. Following the consultation, our specialist creates a treatment plan tailored to your needs and appoints the date of the first session.
During your first treatment session, the special suction cups will be placed on the affected area. The vacuum created inside the cups draws a small portion of the skin into the cup. You may experience a tightening sensation in the treated area, with little to no pain. After the procedure, most of the patients experience pain relief and relaxation.
How Long Does It Take to See Results From Cupping Therapy?
Depending on the type of problem, the results of cupping therapy can be seen between 5 and 10 visits. To relieve chronic back pain, you will need five sessions of cupping therapy with 8 minutes of cup application. The optimal interval between sessions is 3-4 days. Some patients report immediate results that are often short-lived. This can happen in patients with long-standing chronic problems. In this case, your doctor may increase the number of sessions.
What to Avoid After Suction Cup Physical Therapy?
After body cupping therapy, your skin is tender and more susceptible to damage or inflammation. It’s best to avoid any activities that may cause stress to your skin, including:
- Taking hot showers, baths, hot tubs
- Attending a sauna or a swimming pool
- Exposing your skin to cold and windy conditions
- Intense exercising
Our doctors advise against consuming alcohol, sweets, or caffeine, as this may negate the results of your cupping treatment in Brooklyn. You can return to your normal daily activities 4-6 hours after the cupping session.
Your Brooklyn physical therapist has been thoroughly trained in suction cup therapy also called cupping therapy. This practice has been done for thousands of years. It’s a safe, highly effective form of suction cup treatment as long as it’s done by an experienced and highly trained suction cup practitioner such as your physical therapist at TRI PT.