cupping increases recovery time for athletes
In recent years cupping has gained much popularity after exposure by gold medalist Michael Phelps in the 2016 Olympics. Though just now becoming recognized throughout the West, cupping has ancient roots dating back several thousands of years in Chinese medicine.
Like massage, cupping stimulates the muscle to bring a feeling of relaxation and relief to the body through increasing the flow of blood the muscles. However, its ability to heal chronic injuries surpass that of traditional massage therapy. The suctioning action of cupping pulls toxins and stagnant blood held deep within the tissues to the surface of the skin. From there, the body disperses the blood and toxins by way of the micro-capillaries, tiny blood vessels found at the surface of the skin. With repeated application the markings left by cupping become lighter in nature until markings are no longer left after a treatment. This is a sign that the tissue has completely healed and circulation has once again been restored to the area. When this occurs the muscle will regain their natural range of motion, pain will disappear and a greater sense of wellness will be felt.
Traditionally, cupping is used for relieving neck pain, tension headaches, chronic or acute back pain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries and general muscle sprain and strain. It can even be used to clear toxins and abate the symptoms of a common cold.
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