Here at Classical Acupuncture & Herbs, we also offer acupuncture cupping therapy. Cupping is another form of Chinese and alternative medicine, performed by using glass cups, bamboo jars or other tools as suction to help with inflammation, pain, blood flow and relaxation. In recent years, cupping therapy has become increasingly popular as athletes such as Michael Phelps have been known to use this method for healing. During an acupuncture cupping therapy session in Louisville, KY, you can expect either the use of dry or wet cupping, depending on the results you are looking for.
The Benefits of Acupuncture Cupping
There are many benefits to acupuncture cupping. For pain relief, cupping therapy helps to increase the flow of energy through the body (Qi) by either moving the suctions around the skin (moving cupping), or, once the suction is completed, leaving the suctions in place without being moved (fixed cupping). The cupping alleviates pain by treating the painful area directly, regulating the blood flow. The process of moving cupping involved some type of oil or cream in specific places which allows them to easily slide around in the region where treatment is most needed. Benefits for dry cupping, whether fixed or moving, include relief from pain, stress, cold or flu, muscle aches or even fever.
Why You Should Try Cupping Therapy
Pain relief is not the only reason to try acupuncture cupping therapy. This holistic technique is also used to treat depression and anxiety which cripples over 18% of the US population. This form of therapy is used among many celebrities and athletes to eliminate fatigue, treat migraines or even bronchial congestion. Acupuncture cupping therapy helps by removing toxins and stimulating the flow of oxygenated, fresh blood to the areas affected and throughout the rest of the body. While cupping isn’t for everyone, there are many that use this form of therapy as treatment.
What to Expect During Your Louisville, KY Acupuncture Cupping Therapy Session
During your Louisville, KY acupuncture cupping therapy session, you can expect relaxation and rejuvenation. Dry cupping consists of heating the suctions and placing them on areas of the body you’re looking to treat. If moving cupping is what is needed, I will also use massage creams or oils to allow the suctions to glide across the skin where the fixed cupping will keep the suctions in place during your session. Wet cupping is less common, but can be used for relieving sore muscles or increase your range of motion.
If holistic therapies are the method you choose, and acupuncture cupping therapy is something you’re interested in trying, call the Louisville, KY clinic of Classical Acupuncture & Herbs today for a consultation and appointment!