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Cupping Therapy in Edmonton

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Cupping Therapy in Edmonton

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At Turning Point Physical Therapy, we specialize in the ancient healing art of cupping, offering comprehensive sessions to address various concerns:

  • Are you grappling with stress, muscle tightness, or fatigue?
  • Can cupping therapy enhance your circulation and promote relaxation?
  • Are you looking for a holistic approach to boost your overall well-being?
  • Do you wish to explore the benefits of cupping for specific health conditions or concerns?

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What is Cupping Therapy?

Traditional cupping, a method originating from China and West Asia, involves applying cups to different parts of the body as a healing therapy against pain and several ailments. These cups create a vacuum or suction on the skin, lifting it for improved circulation and increased blood flow to the area.

This therapy, also known as cupping or suction cup treatment, has been practiced for ages and is considered a branch of traditional medicine. Typically, cups are placed on body parts such as the back, stomach, arms, legs, or any area needing treatment.

The primary aim of cupping therapy in our practice is to manipulate blood circulation by either drawing blood toward specific areas of the body or redirecting it away from others. This suction effect is believed to offer therapeutic benefits, particularly in relieving pain associated with various conditions. Many individuals also report experiencing improvements in chronic health issues through regular cupping sessions. 

Common Conditions Treated by Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy focuses on the alleviation of joint pains and inflammation, which are typical in arthritis. Because it stimulates blood flow, it works to resolve stiffness and inflammation in arthritic joints so that patients ultimately dealing with arthritis pains can find much-needed mobility.
Some of the conditions that are treated through cupping therapy include back, shoulder, and neck pains and knee and other muscular aches. The cups generate a vacuum that lifts the tension on muscles and fascia so that the pain and stiffness decrease.
Manual cupping assists in enhancing lung capacity and also helps in reducing the inflammation of the respiratory cells. This can help to limit symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, squeaky breathing, or feeling of tightness in the chest and can, therefore, assist asthma sufferers or other patients who face respiratory problems.
Cupping therapy is especially beneficial in treating pain that is persistent due to an injury or resulting from repetitive strain or static posture. It helps with muscle pain and improves blood flow. Cupping can reduce pain and facilitate healing in affected areas, providing relief from carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and other repetitive strain injuries.
It is important to maintain the health of the digestive tract diseases and help its cures, better digestion of foods, and deal with inflammation and pain in the stomach. It may also provide relief from other manifestations, which are also some of its symptoms, abdominal pain and hobbling, diarrhea, and constipation, and also improve the quality of life in patients with IBD.
Cupping therapy helps to circulate blood to the head and neck area to target headaches and migraines and remove pain. It has been shown to be quite effective in tension-type, particularly the headaches that present with features such as throbbing pain in the head, nausea, and photophobia for migraines, respectively.
Though further research is needed, some individuals report reduced blood pressure after cupping therapy sessions. Cupping helps with lower blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health, serving as a potential adjunctive therapy for managing hypertension.

Types of Cupping at Turning Point Physical Therapy

Weak/light cupping

This method involves applying cups with a gentle suction on the skin's surface. It's ideal for those seeking a mild therapeutic effect or individuals with sensitive skin who may find intense suction uncomfortable. Light cupping aims to stimulate blood flow and promote relaxation without causing discomfort.

Medium cupping

This technique at Turning Point Physical Therapy provides relatively low-level suction toward the skin, serving as a mid-level option between gentle and strong cupping types. We find it to be versatile and effective for many patients, particularly those seeking therapeutic benefits such as muscle relaxation, improved blood circulation, and stress relief. Light cupping, also known as placing the cups further apart, can yield a comparatively strong result without causing significant discomfort, making it suitable for various therapeutic needs.

Strong cupping

This means that we, as treatment providers, use cups that apply pressure to the skin, creating a very strong vacuum. This strong suction stimulates the deeper tissues more than the superficial suction cups and may offer higher healing rates. Nevertheless, cupping is favourable to individuals with certain therapeutic concerns where one requires pulling of the skin to be detected. Perspiring is said to assist in stress elimination, the relaxation of muscles together with the relief of pain, and detoxification, whereby toxins are transported to the skin surface.

Moving cupping

Moving cupping is accomplished by putting cups on the skin and then moving the cups lightly on the skin with the help of massage oils. This is a combination of cupping with a rub on some areas of the body regarding this profession. Moving cupping plays a role in eradicating stress and rigidity in the muscles of the targeted areas, improving circulation, and preventing muscular inflammation, which turns out to be helpful for people with muscular dystrophy diseases.

Needle cupping

Needle cupping combines cupping therapy with acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are first inserted into specific points on the body, and then cups are placed over them to create a suction effect. This method enhances the therapeutic benefits of acupuncture by providing additional stimulation to the acupuncture points. Needle cupping provides pain and stress relief management and also helps with digestive disorders.

Water cupping

Cupping using water is a delicate way we perform cupping. Cups are placed directly on the skin; they rely on the principle of suction, whereby we first apply the cups to the skin and then fill them with water before removing them sharply.

Who Should Avoid Cupping Therapy?

Individuals with the following conditions should avoid cupping therapy and seek alternative remedies under the guidance of their healthcare expert: 
  • Pregnancy: Cupping therapy should be avoided during pregnancy due to insufficient research on its effects on expectant mothers and their unborn children, making it potentially dangerous.
  • Anemia: Anemia is the low level of functional red blood cells that can be worsened by cupping therapy due to potential further blood loss, increasing fatigue and weakness. 
  • Pacemaker: Cupping therapy should not be used by individuals with a pacemaker as the suction and pressure can interfere with the device, potentially causing serious heart issues.
  • Bleeding disorders: For those with bleeding disorders like hemophilia, cupping can cause bruising and skin injuries, leading to excessive bleeding and slow healing.
  • Blood clotting problems: Cupping therapy can increase blood flow, potentially dislodging existing blood clots in conditions such as deep vein thrombosis or if the individual has a history of strokes in their medical records, leading to serious complications. 
  • Cardiovascular disease: People with cardiovascular issues might experience increased strain from cupping therapy, as the changes in blood flow and pressure could worsen their condition.
  • Skin conditions: Cupping can aggravate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, causing further irritation, inflammation, and possible infection.
  • Seizures: Cupping therapy can trigger seizures in people with epilepsy due to the physical stress and discomfort it can cause, making it a risky treatment for them.

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Cupping therapy provides a natural and effective method for addressing various health concerns and enhancing overall well-being.

If you’re looking for relief from chronic pain, stress reduction, or improved circulation, our experienced therapists specialize in personalized cupping therapy sessions tailored to your specific needs. 

Visit our Edmonton clinic for expert cupping therapy and support on your journey to optimal health and vitality.

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