Cupping therapy originated in ancient China, but it is a very common practice that has carried over into many physical therapy clinics.
Cupping works by placing a cylindrical plastic or silicone cup over specific areas of the muscles in the body and then using negative pressure to create suction between the cup and the body. The suction helps to create space within the layers of tissue under the skin, namely, between the skin, fascia, muscle and connective tissue.
At Arrow Physical Therapy, we offer cupping therapy at our Edison, New Jersey, location. While it is effective on its own, we often combine it with a series of other physical therapy treatments to help further restore a patient’s strength and flexibility.
Who should seek cupping therapy at our Edison clinic?
Patients who need to restore flexibility and mobility in certain muscle groups may benefit from cupping. Because cupping therapy helps to separate the layers of tissue, it can be especially beneficial to patients who have tight tissue and “knots” in their muscles that create chronic pain.
Some of the injuries that can benefit from cupping include:
- Shoulder rotation injuries.
- Lower back pain.
- Pain and tightness in the upper back and shoulder blades.
By helping to create space between this tissue, cupping can be used to increase blood flow and promote mobility in chronically “tight” areas.
What are the benefits of cupping therapy?
Many patients choose cupping therapy at our Edison location because it offers a number of benefits for tight muscles and tissue. Unlike many physical therapy treatments that are compressive (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, manual therapy, etc.), cupping is decompressive. Because it is opposite in nature, it complements the other physical therapy modalities well. Think about it like alternating between hot and cold compresses. The opposites work in a way that benefits the muscles and helps to alleviate pain.
Some of the benefits of cupping therapy include:
- Increased blood flow and circulation.
- Decreased trigger points.
- Increase mobility and flexibility.
- Faster recovery time from injuries.
If you think you could benefit from cupping therapy, and you are in the Edison area, contact us today to schedule a free screening. We can help you determine the best treatment methods to help you recover from your injuries and get back to your normal quality of life. Contact us today.