Orange County Physical Therapy: Cupping
If you’re looking for pain relief without the use of medication in Newport Beach, CA, you might be interested in learning more about cupping therapy.
At Orange County Physical Therapy, we address the root causes of pain through specialized treatment plans. Cupping therapy is often a part of these treatment plans. Some of the conditions cupping addresses include:
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Deep muscle pain
- Neck pain
- Sports and auto accident injuries
What Is Cupping Therapy, and How Does It Work?
Cupping is similar to massage therapy. However, instead of massaging the painful parts of the body, therapists place cups on the skin to create a suction effect. Once the suction occurs, the cups can be gently moved along the surface of the skin. The suction from the cups gently lifts the skin and the upper muscle layer into the cup. Cupping is kind of like a reverse massage, as it uses upward pressure instead of downward pressure. The cups, which might be made of glass, bamboo, earthenware, or silicone, are left in place between five and ten minutes.
The side effects of cupping are minor and short-lived. Expect circular bruising of the suctioned sites that will disappear in a week or so. Other potential side effects include skin infection, burns, and mild discomfort. However, our staff are experienced in cupping therapy and will treat any burn or cut immediately following the cupping session.
Benefits of Cupping
Blood flows from within the body to the cupped area, reducing inflammation, decrease bad scar formation, and promoting healing while creating a sense of relaxation. The feeling is often compared to that of a deep-tissue massage and is very enjoyable to most. Although those red marks might look painful, very few patients report feeling any pain at all.
Schedule a Cupping Session Today
At Orange County Physical therapy, we are ready to offer our health care services to our clients at any time. Cupping therapy provides relief to many of our patients in Newport Beach, CA, and the surrounding area suffering from chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders. To schedule a cupping session or to learn about the other services we offer, call us at (949) 379-8400 or request an appointment online today.