Cupping Therapy for Back Pain
Cupping is a very effective and safe treatment for back pain. Cupping is able to loosen stiff muscles, unblock pinched nerves, and unbind Myofascial adhesions. As shown in the picture above, a small fire is inserted into a glass cup which creates a vacuum. The cup is quickly placed onto the patient's back, shoulders, hips or legs. The cup instantly pulls on the muscles and tissues up into the cup. This suction draws the blood to the surface and helps to relax tight and bound muscle tissue. This therapy is very good for when there is a lot of stagnant blood and Qi.
Cupping is used together with Acupuncture and Massage therapy to increase the muscle relaxing and pain relieving effects of each of these treatments. When used together, these three treatment therapies provide powerful pain relief and loosening of tight and bound up muscle tissues which could be causing you pain and pulling your spine out of alignment.
Cupping will tend to leave a circular bruise which should last about 3 to 5 days. Cupping is not painful. It feels like a a really good deep tissue massage, unwinding deep knots in your musculature.
Cupping can also be used to supplement any detoxification program. Cupping draws toxins out of the tissues, out through the skin. It improves lymphatic drainage to help the body fend off viral and bacterial infections.
When cupping is applied to the upper back and shoulders at the start of a chest cold, it can help draw out the pathogens and tonify your immune system, greatly reducing your chances of getting an even worse cold or flu.