What is cupping therapy?
You might have seen people with round, circular bruises from a Cupping therapy treatment. Although this does happen during Static Cupping, this is not always the case. Leah is professionally certified and trained to perfomr a Cupping therapy that Does Not Leave Bruising.
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Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine commonly used to treat muscle pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. It may be beneficial to anyone experiencing muscle tension or tightness, not just athletes. During cupping therapy, multiple suction cups, made of glass or plastic, are applied to certain areas of your body.
Cupping therapy is actually just a nickname for the practice - the medical term for it is Myofascial Decompression. Myofascia is the connective tissue that binds muscles to the skin. As the name suggests, cupping helps relieve pressure when connective tissues become tight. The tightness can happen for many reasons including:
Repeated movements, such as repeatedly lifting weights or using the stair-stepper
"When connective tissue becomes adhered and restricted, it prevents us from moving smoothly and can lead to tightness," says Aaron Arreola, a physical therapist and assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sports Management at Texas Tech University. "We want to separate those tissue layers to let them slide past one another more freely."
Cupping can release toxic fluids, like heavy metals, from your body.