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For those who suffer from pain and inflammation, finding a safe and effective solution is an important – yet often difficult – task. When modern medicine fails to provide relief, many people look to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and other ancient practices for solutions. One such solution that has been practiced for thousands of years but is relatively new in the Western world is cupping therapy. Dating back more than 3000 years, cupping is proving to provide much-needed relief in the modern world, too. Offering everything from deep relaxation to remarkable pain relief, this simple treatment could be what you need. At Denver Physical Medicine, we offer cupping therapy in Denver and would be thrilled to have you as our newest patient.
What Cupping Therapy Is
Cupping therapy is a treatment that involves using suction and cups to create a vacuum on the surface of the skin. While bone and bamboo are the traditional materials for cups, modern cups are typically made from glass. When the air is suctioned out of each cup, it creates a vacuum on the skin, which increases blood flow in the treated area. It is also thought to increase the flow of energy by opening up the body’s energy channels.
This type of therapy stimulates the body’s lymphatic system and encourages tissues to release toxins. This spurs the body’s natural healing processes and can provide relief from aches and pains. By increasing circulation and energy flow and stimulating healing processes, cupping can provide relief in a non-invasive, drug-free manner.
Cupping can be used to treat a wide range of ailments. It is often used to treat various types of pain, including:
- Back pain
- Abdominal pain
- Elbow pain
- Knee pain
- General aches and pains
It can also be used to treat swelling and edema and is thought to help women who struggle with painful menstruation. Cupping can also help respiratory issues, including chronic cough, asthma, and bronchitis. This type of treatment is safe for most people, but you should always make your practitioner aware of any preexisting conditions you may have prior to undergoing treatment. It’s also important to make it known if you are taking any blood-thinning medications.
What to Expect
When you come to us for cupping therapy in Denver, we will begin by placing cups on specific points on your body. Typically, the points correspond with acupuncture points. We will use a small hand-held device to suck the air out of the cup, which will pull your skin slightly upward. This is not painful, but the skin will become red and you may experience bruising.
The cups will be left in place for 5 to 15 minutes before being removed. When your cupping treatment is complete, we will remove the cups. The process is not painful, and you could start experiencing health benefits immediately after treatment.
Cupping Therapy in Denver
For cupping therapy in Denver, trust Denver Physical Medicine. We will take every precaution to ensure your comfort and safety and would be more than happy to address any questions you have regarding this treatment. Please contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.