When we provide chiropractic care for our patients, we often incorporate additional therapies to provide the best results. One of those therapies is cupping therapy. We prefer to take a natural approach to medicine and steer away from pain medication to treat our patients. But what is cupping therapy and could it benefit you? We will take a look and learn more about cupping therapy at 360 Degree Chiropractic in Crestwood, KY.
An Explanation of Cupping Therapy
As far back as 1550 B.C., cupping therapy has been used to treat many medical conditions. This therapy involves using a wet or dry cup to cure the pain of inflammation and help blood flow through the body more efficiently. There are a few different materials the cup may be made of, including silicone, glass, and bamboo.
Cupping therapy has gone through some changes since 1550 B.C. In the original form of this treatment, the cup was filled with herbs, alcohol, and other similar flammable items. This ignited a small but safe fire in the cup. It was then applied to the patient's skin on the part of the body causing pain. The cup was placed upside down to expose the skin to the flames of the fire. As a result, a vacuum-like suction raised the patient's skin, allowing room for the expansion of blood vessels. The patients had the cup applied to their skin for no more than three minutes.
Changing With the Times
Today, most doctors that perform this treatment have replaced the fire with a much safer rubber pump. The pump creates the vacuum suction. While cups were originally made with glass or bamboo, most of today's are silicone. This material allows the doctor to massage the patient's skin.
Wet cups are generally applied to the skin for three-minute periods. After those three-minutes, a scalpel is used to create small incisions in the patient's skin. By placing suction on the incision, doctors can then withdraw a tiny amount of blood. There is another way to apply cupping therapy. Rather than using a rubber pump alone, some practitioners will place acupuncture needles in the cup and proceed with the rest of the therapy.
Cupping therapy is used to treat high blood pressure, varicose veins, and migraines. However, it can also be used to treat blood disorders, skin problems, and asthma or allergies related to Bronchial congestion.
Contact 360 Degree Chiropractic in Crestwood, KY
If you are considering cupping therapy as an alternative to pain medication, Dr. Pansegrau at 360 Degree Chiropractic is here to help. Call us today at (502) 241-8939 to learn more about cupping therapy and our many other services.