Cupping therapy benefits athletes by reducing inflammation and pain. All athletes can use cupping to speed up the body's recovery time between workouts or after injuries.
What is cupping?
Cupping is a healing modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been used for thousands of years to alleviate pain and speed up the healing process.
During the treatment, heated cups are placed on the body. They create suction that stimulates blood circulation and moves stagnant energy. This movement in both the physical and energetic body is known to relieve pain and stimulate the healing process.
Two Types of Cupping
There are two types of cupping a practitioner may apply to injured or aching areas of the body: dry and wet.
Dry cupping utilizes silicon cups that are heated and applied to the body. The process creates suction that stimulates the body's own healing processes by drawing blood and energy to the surface. With dry cupping, the cups remain in place for anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes.
Wet cupping is a similar process, but the therapist makes small incisions in the treatment area before placing the cups. This pulls blood from the treatment area to further stimulate the healing process.
As mentioned, cupping is a healing modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the cups are placed along the same meridian channels as acupuncture. As a matter of fact, cupping is often utilized in conjunction with acupuncture to greater influence a person's healing process.
How does cupping benefit athletes?
The popularity of cupping among athletes rose to prominence after the 2016 Rio Olympics when swimmers were seen sporting purple marks on their backs. Curious fans quickly learned that these were the residual marks of a cupping treatment where athletes were seeking relief and speedy recovery for sore and tired muscles.
There is no science to support the healing process attributed to cupping therapy. However, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that cupping is a trusted method for promoting healing and speedy recovery for athletes when muscles are sore and tired after strenuous workouts.
Cupping for athletes is said to have the following benefits:
- Speedy recovery from strenuous workouts
- Faster healing after injuries
- Alleviation of inflammation
- Increased blood circulation and enhanced immune system
- Toxin elimination from muscles
- Increased flexibility
- Alleviation of muscle spasms
- Promotion of healing and balance
All the services at Angela Kung Wellness are designed to reduce stress, enhance peacefulness, and instill a sense of wellness in our clients. Cupping will restore a sense of health and peace to athletes of any sport.
Cupping at Angela Kung Acupuncture and Wellness in Orange County
The healing practitioners at Angela Kung Acupuncture and Wellness are trained, licensed and experienced in multiple healing modalities including cupping in Orange County.
Schedule your appointment and explain you are an athlete curious about cupping to remedy fatigue or injuries associated with training and workouts. Your practitioner will interview you about your symptoms and recommend therapies best suited to stimulate your healing process. Your session may include cupping alone or be combined with a complementary therapy for optimal effect.
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