Cupping is a therapeutic treatment that started in the 14th century and is still utilized around the world today. This is a complimentary therapy that is sometimes combined with chiropractic treatment and spots rehabilitation. At Spine & Sport Chiropractic, Inc. in Tuscaloosa, AL, our chiropractors use cupping to help athletes heal faster and improve the parts of the body that may be resistant to treatment. Learn more about cupping and how it is beneficial with healing below:
What is Cupping?
Cupping involves the use of a sphere-shaped cup that is applied to a region of the body that needs treatment. Our chiropractors use a flame to draw out the oxygen inside the cup and create a vacuum. It is then placed onto the skin and the vacuum creates a suction to adhere the cup to the skin. The cups can also consist of a pump or silicone that can be easily moved to different areas of the body. It is typically left in place for about three minutes before being removed and placed in a different spot.
The diameter of the opening of the cup dictates the area on the body that can be treated at a given time. The suction also draws the skin into the cup and increases blood flow in the region by making blood vessels expand, which makes cupping an effective therapy.
How Cupping Helps the Healing Process
The body heals itself by delivering the building blocks and nutrients needed to rebuild damage. Sometimes, the body doesn't produce enough blood supply to the area of injury. Cupping focuses on a small area for intense treatment and the expansion of blood vessels can directly increase blood flow to the area that's being cupped.
Increased blood flow can improve the delivery of vital nutrients and elements that are needed for healing an injury. Cupping is an ideal complimentary therapy that is used in conjunction with sports rehabilitation and chiropractic care for athletes, as it can help speed up the process of healing from injury and reduce recovery time. Cupping can also help reduce any soreness that may arise after a session with our chiropractors.
Contact us to Learn More About Cupping
To learn more about cupping and the treatments that we offer, contact Spine & Sport Chiropractic, Inc. in Tuscaloosa, AL at (205) 345-8102 today. We would love to provide you with more information and set you up with an appointment with one of our chiropractors.