What to Expect Before and After Cupping Therapy Q&A
Cupping therapy is a common form of alternative medicine that has been used for centuries. Before cupping therapy, you may experience stress, stiffness, and muscle tension. After cupping therapy, you experience decreased pain and stiffness in your muscles and joints, improved blood flow and circulation, an expanded range of motion, and decreased inflammation and swelling. Moreover, it promotes relaxation and eases tension or stress. To get a consultation, visit AIM Chiropractic & Fitness today. Our skilled professionals, Dr. Stephanie Smith, DC, and Dr. Robin Young, DC will provide you with the finest therapy. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 3002 Kingston Ct., Suite A Marietta, GA 30067.
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What to expect the day after cupping?
How long after cupping do you feel better?
What does it mean when your cupping is dark?
How do you know if cupping is working?
Cupping is an ancient healing therapy that has been used for thousands of years, helping people to ease and overcome their pain. During cupping therapy, the provider places cups on specific the areas of your body, such as your back, stomach, arms, or legs. A vacuum or suction force then pulls the skin under the cup upward. The cup may remain in one position or it may be moved by your provider, depending on the type of cupping you’re receiving.
At AIM Chiropractic & Fitness, our team of specialists provides the highest level of care when it comes to your cupping procedure. We are dedicated to helping you achieve lasting pain relief through our specialized services. Reach out today for more information about cupping or book an appointment online at your earliest convenience.
Cupping is a very safe procedure that can help alleviate pain and inflammation in the body. While there are very few side effects to cupping, some patients may experience soreness, nausea, fatigue, sweating, or dizziness in the treated area following their treatment. Circular red marks where the cups were placed are also a common side-effect of cupping, though these marks don’t hurt and will fade after a week or two.
Following your treatment, your specialist will give you detailed after-care instructions to follow to help mitigate any side-effects and to ensure the best results. These guidelines may include:
• Make sure that you stay hydrated, as this will give your lymphatic system the extra fluids it needs to flush out toxins.
• Not showering immediately after your session.
• Keeping the areas that were treated covered and warm.
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
• Avoid strenuous activities.
• Getting plenty of rest and practicing self-care.
Cupping usually requires multiple sessions to see long-term results and benefits. A single session may help alleviate pain and inflammation in the short term, though results typically only last a few days.
Many people report feeling benefits from cupping immediately or shortly after their initial session though some require 2-3 visits before they start feeling substantial change.
However, each treatment plan is completely custom-built for the patient and multiple sessions typically lend themselves to longer-lasting results. Your practitioner will build out your treatment plan based on the condition you’re treating, your individual goals, and how you’re responding to each session.
Cupping sessions build on each other, aiding your body in bettering its own natural healing mechanisms. If you’re dealing with an acute injury or illness, your practitioner will often recommend that you come in weekly for a specific period of time. If you’re seeking treatment for a chronic condition, a longer-term plan will likely yield more benefits.
The red circular marks that you experience after cupping are a result of the blood being pulled into that area by the suction of the cups. If these marks a light pink/red color, it’s indicative of a good blow in your body. If the mark is darker, it means that there were more stagnant fluids (toxins, blood, lymph, etc.) brought to the surface during treatment.
The more often you receive cupping to treat the affected area, the better your circulation will become and the lighter the marks will be. These bruise-like circles will disappear within 3-14 days.
People typically use cupping to ease and treat pain and inflammation within the body. Therefore, the best way to know if cupping is working is to check in with how you feel and your levels of pain and discomfort. It’s important to note that cupping is not a quick-fix solution and often requires consistent sessions to secure long-lasting results.
When utilized effectively, cupping may ease symptoms associated with:
• Back pain
• Breathing problems
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Cervical spondylosis
• Dyspnea (shortness of breath)
• Facial paralysis
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• High blood pressure
• Knee pain
• Lumbar disc herniation
• Neck pain
• Shoulder pain
If you haven’t experienced any improvements after the course of your treatment plan, always talk to your performing specialist. They may need to alter the methods used during your sessions or a different treatment may be suggested altogether.
Visit AIM Chiropractic & Fitness, if you’re interested in cupping services or would like to book a session with one of our certified professionals. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have so that you can feel confident moving into your preferred treatment. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 3002 Kingston Court, Suite A, Marietta, GA 30067. We serve patients from Marietta GA, Roswell GA (East Roswell), Kennesaw GA, Smyrna GA, Vinings GA, Alpharetta GA, and Powder Springs GA.