Until the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, many westerners had never heard of cupping therapy. However, the number of physical therapists who use this type of therapy has grown, and it has been used to treat an increasingly wider array of issues. One common issue that cupping therapy can be used for is lower back pain treatment.

What is cupping therapy?

Cupping therapy originated in China and has been used in Chinese alternative medicine for hundreds of years. The famous Taoist herbalist, Ge Hong, was reported to be the first to use this form of therapy in the early second century AD. Many ancient practitioners of cupping believed that it helped with the flow of life force, or qi, in the body. 

In modern cupping used by physical therapists, the procedure is primarily designed to increase blood flow and is supported by Western medical research. During this therapy, specially designed silicone cups are placed on the skin above the problem area. Then, a hand pump is used to increase the pressure inside the cup. This pressure pulls at the skin, and it’s designed to create more space between the skin, fascia, muscles and other body structures. 

How can cupping therapy help with lower back pain treatment?

There are many ways in which cupping can help treat lower back pain. For one thing, the pressure applied by the cup can help reduce tension in the back muscles. The pressure that occurs during cupping also increases space between body structures, and this may help increase blood flow in the targeted area. In turn, increased blood flow can lead to injured tissue receiving more oxygen and nutrients that promote faster healing. 

Other things cupping therapy is designed to do include: 

  • Promote physical relaxation
  • Decrease pain
  • Reduce inflammation

In addition, cupping is intended to help create a sense of mental relaxation that can be helpful during the treatment process. 

Find cupping for lower back pain treatment at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

At Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, we offer many types of therapy for lower back pain. In fact, our primary goal is to combine effective approaches into a personalized therapy plan to address your needs. We’re also committed to supporting and encouraging you throughout your entire therapy journey. 

If you’re ready to get our help for your lower back pain, there’s only one step you’ll need to take. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.

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