Cupping Therapy – A Complement to Traditional Pain Treatment Available in Freehold, NJ
Cupping therapy can sometimes be used as an alternative to traditional treatments for chronic pain and inflammation. Based on principles of ancient Chinese medicine, cupping can potentially promote blood flow, relieve muscle tension, drain toxins, and relax the nervous system. Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey in Freehold, NJ, offers this deep tissue manipulation technique as a complement to conventional treatments, such as medications and steroid injections.
When performing cupping therapy, a therapist at Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey in Freehold will essentially use heat to create suction, or a vacuum effect, within a glass cup, and then place the cup onto a patient’s skin in a painful area (or area of pain origin). The resulting negative pressure will pull the skin and superficial myofascial layer up into the cup, which can create more space for the underlying structures and thereby loosen areas of restriction and adhesion. The cup may be left in place for a few minutes or glided over the skin by the therapist.
While cupping therapy is not recommended for patients who have a weakened immune system or serious health condition, it may be beneficial to otherwise healthy individuals who are experiencing:
- Neck or back pain
- Muscle tension
- Stiff joints
- General fatigue
Cupping therapy is virtually painless, although some mild swelling and bruising can be expected to develop in the treated areas. The appearance of the skin should return to normal within a few days.
If you are looking to improve your energy flow, encourage detoxification, relieve pain, ease muscle tension, or promote relaxation, cupping therapy may be a good option for you. Additionally, if you are an athlete, you may find cupping to be especially helpful when used in conjunction with other pain management treatments, such as massage therapy. To learn more, contact Advanced Health and Wellness Center of New Jersey in Freehold, NJ.