CUPPING THERAPY AND GUA SHA
Cupping Therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping therapy might be trendy now, but it’s not new. It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used Cupping Therapy in 1,550 B.C.
The more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes therapists use silicone cups, which they can move from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.
Gua sha is most often used to relieve muscle and joint pain. Conditions of the muscles and bones are known as musculoskeletal disorders. Some examples include back pain, tendon strain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Gua Sha can also benefit the immune system and reduce inflammation. Sometimes, Gua
Sha is used to treat a cold, fever, or problems with the lungs. Small injuries to the body, such as the bruises caused by Gua Sha, are sometimes known as microtrauma. These create a response in the body that may help to break up scar tissue. Microtrauma may also help with fibrosis, which is a buildup of too much connective tissue when the body heals.
Cupping and Gua Sha Benefits
Release scar tissue and fascial adhesions
Reduce painful trigger points
Improve circulation, blood and lymph circulation
Promote mobility and range of motion
Improves mature scars