FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT
Here at Pure Health Clinic, Kelly has taken many courses on cupping, especially a few advanced cupping courses and most recently a course on movement and stretching with the cups on.
We know that pain is the physical suffering or discomfort caused by an injury or a long-term condition. Regards if the condition is acute (very recent) or chronic (happen many years ago), Kelly has seen great results that cupping can bring to a patient.
As covered on the What is Cupping? page, cupping helps separate the muscle, fascia and skin to allow the blood and body fluids to flow freely in that area. By doing so it helps loosen tight knots and adhesions that are causing the pain.
If you ever are wondering if cupping and/or acupuncture can help for your pain management please do not hesitate to call Kelly!
COMMON PAIN ISSUES THAT CAN BE TREATED WITH CUPS:
Back Pain - upper and lower
Tensions - usually common in the upper part of the back
Shoulder Pain and Mobility Issues
Leg Pain and Muscle tightness - most common is your Hamstrings which can cause hip and/or knee pain
CUPPING WITH MOVEMENT
What we do here in addition to just the normal cupping – movement or stationery, is that we get into active ranges of motion (AROM), aka stretching and moving with the cups on the body.
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF MOVEMENT:
The practitioner does movement with the cups (passive)
The patient does move with the cups (active)
When we stretch/move with the cups on the body, it just allows us to get that little deeper into the problem area and for blood and body fluids to flow freely. New research is being done all the time, to continue to prove how manual therapy (cupping therapy) works best when there is also exercise, as movement is another form of sensory input into the nervous system.
USE OF MOVEMENT/RANGE OF MOTION IN A TREATMENT
The patient will move the body part that Kelly will treat so we can discover their range of motion (ROM) and to feel and see where there are restrictions and/or pain
Together, they will discuss what approach to take moving forward, Kelly will demonstrate the ROM that she would like them to do once the cups are placed on the patient
Once the cups are on the targeted muscles Kelly will ask the patient to start with the motion/stretch
After completing the exercise a few times, Kelly will remove the cups and have the patient complete the ROM without the cups on
Being able to compare right away the before and after feeling really helps the whole body understand and feel the difference. In doing this the goal is to help the body learn the new range of motion it can have.