Whether you know a lot or a little about Acupuncture you have probably heard that it is successfully used to reduce and/or relieve acute or chronic pain. Acupuncture does a great job of helping to reduce inflammation in the body and promote healing.
One way Acupuncture facilitates in reducing pain and in speeding the healing process is through it’s ability to bring more blood flow to an injured area. By increasing blood flow to an injured area, you also increase the white blood cell count to that area. White bloods cells are part of the immune system that helps to fight infections and decrease inflammation, thereby helping the body to heal more quickly. The blood in the body also carries nutrients in it, by increasing blood flow to an injured part of the body, you also increase nutritional supply to this area which in turn gives that area of the body all the nutrients it needs to heal.
Using Acupuncture on a regular basis will heal injuries more quickly and dramatically decrease, if not eradicate, pain from your body. Treatments also decrease the likelihood of injuring yourself in the future.
Pain & Injuries often treated with Acupuncture:
• Car Accident Injuries (i.e. whiplash, back pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines, neck pain, shoulder pain…)
• All muscular-skeletal pain
• Low back pain (i.e. pain from herniated disc)
• Pain due to sprains, contusions, or fractures
• Plantar fasciitis (foot pain)
• Frozen shoulder syndrome
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Postoperative surgical pain
Cupping is an effective modality I use, along with Acupuncture for pain relief. Cupping therapy dates back to 1,500 B.C. and was used by the ancient Egyptians. It is a myofascial release technique that can be compared to a reverse massage. By creating a vacuum, the cup suctions on to tight muscles and helps to release tightness and adhesions. Along with acupuncture, this helps to realign the body and give long lasting pain relief. Cupping is extremely relaxing, helps to reduce stress and in addition to being used for pain relief can be used to help some respiratory conditions such as coughs, bronchitis and asthma when used correctly. There are a number of methods of cupping. In my practice I only do dry cupping and the three methods I most often use are fixed cupping, moving cupping and flash cupping.
The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and then left in place without being moved for a specific amount of time.
As implied in the name, there’s movement in this method. I apply an massage oil or salve on your skin in selected places, put the cups over the areas to be treated and then slide them around that region of the body — most commonly the back. The cups slide easily because the salve or oil has lubricated your body.
You ought to consider exploring the benefits of cupping if you seek relief from stress, pain, allergies, fatigue, flu, colds, back pain, anxiety, muscle aches, red itchy skin conditions or fever.
This form of cupping is most often used for upper respiratory conditions. This is a medium to strong cupping method with very short applications, Flash Cupping is used to raise the immune system by moving qi and blood. This method is commonly used for treating children. The cups are applied and quickly popped off again.
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