Although you may be familiar with some of the practices employed by a chiropractor to promote a healthy body, other practices are lesser-known. This includes cupping, one of the methods used by Walter E. Mendoza Chiropractor P.C. in Freeport NY.

What Is Cupping?

Cupping is a practice in which small plastic or glass cups are placed on the skin. The cups may attach to a hand pump that removes air to create a seal and draw the skin into the cups. Others may rely on the older practice of using a flame to remove the oxygen from the cups as it is placed on the skin. Either way, cupping encourages the flow of blood and oxygen within the body. After a session, the pressure is released, allowing the cups to be removed from the patient’s skin.

The Origin of Cupping

Cupping is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians first practiced cupping. However, cupping has also been associated with Asian medicinal practices and acupuncture. The belief that cupping is beneficial contributes to the continued success of the practice. Even athletes such as Michael Phelps and actress Gwyneth Paltrow swear by the perks of cupping.

The Benefits of Cupping

The increased blood flow caused by cupping can encourage tissues to heal. Cupping may also reduce your pain by lessening the tension and inflammation in your body. This makes cupping ideal for patients with various ailments, including headaches and muscle spasms. For some people, cupping simply feels good just like a massage.

Does Cupping Hurt?

Although cupping leaves temporary marks similar to bruises, they fade within a few days. Cupping should not break the skin; although, patients may feel pressure as air is removed from the cups. Breathing and mindfulness techniques can help patients adjust to the feeling of the cups on their skin. The cups remain on the skin for just a few minutes before they are removed and patients often report that the sudden release of pressure feels quite good.

Get Cupping Therapy and More in Freeport, NY

If you live in or around Freeport and would like to know more about our cupping therapy, call Walter E. Mendoza Chiropractor P.C. today at (516) 213-4610. We will answer any questions that you may have and can schedule your first session with Dr. Mendoza.