St. Louis Cupping Therapy

An alternative method to massage that uses suction as a way to heal and relax muscle pain.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy

What Is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping is gaining much more attention due to being a treatment of choice for athletes, especially Olympic athletes. Cupping is a form of therapy first established within traditional Chinese medicine. Along with acupuncture, Qi gong, and herbal therapy, cupping was used to treat a variety of health conditions. The modern use of cupping focuses on its effectiveness in treating musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and hip pain.

How Does Cupping Therapy Work?

The benefits of cupping are very similar to massage and myofascial release. However, instead of putting pressure on the muscle, a suction force pulls blood and fluid from the muscles. When blood and fluid are pulled from the muscles, they move to the surface of the skin, where the lymphatic system works. It's thought that waste products of metabolism are filtered from the blood when exposed to the lymphatic system. This might also help rejuvenate hyaluronic acid (lubricant in joints, muscles, and fascia), which can relieve pain and improve movement. I sometimes describe this process as getting an oil change for the muscles and connective tissues.

Chiropractic Cupping in Kirkwood, MO

Chiropractic cupping treatment

Dr. O’Guin and the rest of his chiropractic team recently added cupping therapy after observing the extraordinary benefits firsthand. Our chiropractors integrate cupping therapy with myofascial release, massage, shockwave therapy, and assisted stretching. There is a synergistic healing response that occurs when using cupping with these other therapies.

What Does Cupping Therapy Help Treat?

Cupping therapy has traditionally been used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, skin conditions, fertility, and more. However, more commonly, cupping is being used to treat muscular and joint pains—for example, strained muscles, sprained joints, trigger points, and general muscle aches and fatigue.

Cupping therapy for back pain

Lower back pain, pain between the shoulder blades, and neck pain respond especially well to cupping therapy. When combined with chiropractic adjustments, cupping helps promote muscle relaxation and rejuvenation.

Why Does Suction Cup Leave Red Marks On The Skin?

The suction that pulls blood from muscles and other tissues also breaks capillaries within the skin. This process leaves an initial red circle on the skin, which can turn into a bruise. The bruise can last anywhere between a couple of days or weeks. The severity of the bruise and how long it will last depends on the intensity of the cupping session, how long the cup was left on, and the sensitivity of the person's skin.

Are There Side Effects to Cupping?

There are no major risks associated with cupping. The more severe risks of cupping can include a burn or skin infection. However, these are rare and associated with the practitioner not using proper sterilization techniques.

How Long Does A Cupping Session Last?

Cupping can be as quick as 5 minutes or sometimes can last 10 or 15 minutes. The time depends on personal preference and tolerance.

Top-rated cupping therapy in St. Louis

O’Guin Wellness is a premier chiropractic and physical therapy center that provides cupping therapy to enhance a healing response. Our chiropractors also utilize traditional chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and stretching as part of a comprehensive approach to pain management and sports performance. Cupping therapy, in conjunction with these other modalities, helps to ensure superior results.

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