Tuesday, 9 May 2017

UNDERSTANDING CUPPING...a sharing


     

  In simple language...  Cupping pulls blood to a region to stimulate healing. It is effective in stretching tight fascia and muscles.



Versions of Cupping can be found in many cultures from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Here’s how cupping works.
As we aged, especially after 40 years old, our body begins to break down. This includes loss of muscle adhesions in fascia and decrease in blood flow... muscles get stiffer and wrinkles start to appear in new places. As we move less and decrease our physical activity , the blood supply to tissues decreases and the fascia gets knotted and scarred up.. further limiting movement and becoming a vicious cycle.
Cupping over a region helps the body reverse some of these effects.  

As revealed in the Russians research on cupping....


1. Initially, cupping  pulls blood into an area. The tissues get saturated with fresh blood while the vacuum pulls stagnant blood out of the area. 

You can see this in the hickey like appearance that is typically left behind. You may have a black and blue appearance that is rarely painful. 
From my observations... 
.. it happens more in people over 40 
.. the more cupping you receive, the bruises becomes less.
2. As new blood is forced into the tissues around the cups, the body will begin to develop new blood vessels called neovascularization, new blood vessel formation. 
I believe this is why cupping can cause a lasting effect. As the new vessels form, they will have the capability to feed the tissues with nutrient and oxygen.
3. Something else happens early in this process as well. It is called sterile inflammation. Now, many hear the word inflammation and think it is a bad thing. After all we take anti-inflammatory medications when there is pain and swelling 
 But that couldn’t be farther from the truth. 
Inflammation is the first line of healing. The body releases white blood cells, platelets, fibroblasts and other healing chemicals to promote healing. When the vacuum occurs, it causes separation of the different layers of tissue which can cause micro trauma and tearing. The healing chemicals get released and stimulate healing.

4. Next, the fascia and tissue can be stretched several feet with cupping. 

While the micro trauma is occurring, the new blood vessels are being formed and the blood and nutrients starts to flow to the damaged tissue.
Thus, when you put 10 or so cups on the back or around the injured area, it can begin to stretch the connective tissues and fascia for better movement.  It’s amazing to see the connective tissues stretch this much. Many people start out very tight but over time,the tightness loosens. 

So to wrap up, cupping can help you overcome old and new injury by:
  1. Increasing circulation
  2. Increasing oxygenation and tissue delivery
  3. Remove old stagnant blood
  4. Cause micro trauma and beneficial inflammation
  5. Create new blood vessels
  6. Stretch fascia and connective tissue.
 Cupping, like many holistic techniques, works at different rates for different people.
I recall when I brought cupping into the office. My first patient was a truck driver who was involved in a truck accident. He was a slow responder to most of his treatments including drugs and surgery. By the time he came to me,  he was cynical and pessimistic. I told him about cupping and he was willing to try it.
I came into the room on the next visits and it started with...
 I don’t know what you did to methe  last visit,  but I feel a ton better. ”
 I was quite surprised.. not expecting to hear this from him. Remember he was pessimistic and cynical. We continued with cupping and acupuncture and his case resolved quite well and he went back to work full time and as his pain improved so did his outlook on LIFE. life.

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1 comment:

  1. Cupping has been used for thousands of years and is a great way for health. I got two cupping sets and have used cupping a lot for the last several years and cured many problems the other ways can’t do. Believe in this ancient way of healing for your body’s discomfort and pain!

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