Cupping Therapy: Is It the Right Choice for You?
Many people have heard of the alternative medicine procedure called cupping therapy, but they probably do not know what it is, how it works, and what health issues it can treat. Cupping therapy is an ancient form of health therapy that includes the use of applying special cups on your skin, creating suction. It is used to reduce pain and inflammation, increase blood flow, and can even help with relaxation. It is considered a type of deep-tissue massage. Not everyone has training for this treatment, but our team at Casey Family Chiropractic in Jacksonville, IL, is trained in cupping therapy and has seen the benefits of its use.
Cupping Therapy Helps with Whole-Body Wellness
Not many people know that cupping therapy helps with whole-body wellness. Suction from cupping helps blood vessels widen and burst to promote blood flow in the area, which helps in the healing process. Cupping also helps release toxins from the pores of the skin. It even aids in alleviating musculoskeletal pain and treating conditions like the following:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Rheumatic diseases
- Breathing problems like asthma
- Skin problems
- Anxiety, depression, and stress
Cupping therapy is a unique technique that is not normally offered by many chiropractors, but our practice is happy to offer it.
How Cupping Works:
The first thing to do is to find a chiropractor or therapist that is well-versed in performing cupping therapy. The cups can be made of glass, bamboo, or silicone. There are also two different methods to choose from: wet and dry.
Here is the process:
- During wet or dry cupping, a chiropractor or therapist will insert herbs or a small piece of paper into a cup and set it on fire. As the fire distinguishes, they will then place the cup on your skin, which creates a vacuum as it cools and causing the blood vessels to expand. The cup remains in position on your skin for 3-4 minutes.
- In most cases, 3-5 cups will be used and rarely will more than 5-7 cups be used at one time
- After the cups are removed, a chiropractor or therapist will apply antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent an infection from occurring.
Call the Team at Casey Family Chiropractic Today
Our team at Casey Family Chiropractic has experience at cupping and other alternative therapies. At our Jacksonville, IL, location, we will provide you with the best care possible. Whether you need to see our chiropractor for an adjustment or seeking alternative medicine, we are trained to provide both. Make an appointment by calling (217) 243-5313 and see how whole-body wellness can bring you the relief you need.