Chinese Cupping - Alternate Therapy

Cupping and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Cupping can be used for many different muscular skeletal pain conditions affecting the entire body.

The anatomy of each body part requires consideration when treating a specific pain pattern. Knowledge of blood flow/stasis in an area as well as the location of nerve pathways, both motor and sensory, and acupuncture points and meridian pathways is important in order to treat a condition efficiently and effectively.

Major impingement points that effect range of motion, restrict blood flow and cause nerve pain are often times the first place to receive treatment. These points often yield remarkable results in just one or two treatments.

Since each body is unique, as is the nature of the condition, the ability to identify problem areas by palpation is also very important. The tissue condition will have an effect on treatment so the ability to discern swelling from blood or lymph stasis and from inflammation and muscle tension is important as well. Lastly, a major culprit for pain treated by cupping is fibrosis.

Fibrosis is the formation or development of excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ or tissue as a reparative or reactive process.. It is the least looked at question of pain. Through normal and excessive lifestyle wear and tear, fibroblast cells in the body are constantly laying down collagen as a normal healing response. Areas with more wear, such as joints, areas where several muscle groups converge, and areas that are susceptible to friction, are most susceptible to excess fibrin build up.

As the collagen matrix thickens, it can restrict the movement of joints, and the function of fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and the flow of blood. It can create inflexible impingement points that no longer allow unrestricted movement. An abnormal build up, caused by age, diet, wear and tear, excessive lifestyle, infection, and injury, can eventually cause impingement in nearby muscle and nerves, stagnation of blood, ischemia, and swelling, resulting in pain. Cupping can help break up fibrosis. We have successfully treated hundreds of patients with cupping, even when other treatments have failed and often times, eliminating the need for surgery or drugs.