Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine that has been around for thousands of years. Although this therapy has been around for thousands of years, it was not until recent years that cupping therapy increased its popularity when Olympic athletes Michael Phelps (swimmer) and Alex Naddour (gymnast) publicly endorsed the benefits of its use.
Cupping therapy is 100% safe and works by using suction and creating a negative pressure, drawing layers of body tissues towards the surface of the skin. This mechanism may help with increasing local circulation, improving lymphatic flow, and relaxing muscles and trigger points. The professionals at Push Pounds Sports Medicine are well-trained to use this type of therapy for most population groups, as they find it beneficial in decreasing muscle tightness and enhancing the healing process. The benefits and possible side-effects of cupping therapy will be thoroughly explained before applying it to the patient.
Cupping has been shown to benefit:
- Increasing metabolism, blood circulation and lymphatic flow
- Decreasing muscle tension, pain and aches
- Various sports and musculoskeletal injuries
It is best to speak to a Push Pounds Sports Medicine specialist about whether cupping therapy would be appropriate in achieving your rehabilitation and/fitness goals.