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.
Cupping physical therapy is an ancient practice that is exactly as its name suggests. Today, it’s part of a holistic physical therapy practice at Tri Physical Therapy Brooklyn NY.
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. Cupping 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. You’re 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 injuries to 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 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 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:

  • Arthritis
  • Lower back
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic headaches
  • Shingles
  • 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 of Tri Physical Therapy may recommend myofascial decompression if you have this condition. This form of 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 a cupping session 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.

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