Dry Cupping Therapy, Newcastle
Dry Cupping Therapy in Newcastle 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.
What is Dry Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine, which dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Eastern cultures. Cupping therapy involves placing a glass or silicone cups on the patient’s skin to create a vacuum. This draws the blood to the surface of the skin where the cups are placed.
Traditional Chinese practitioners discuss different areas, or meridians, of the body that are used to transfer energy. They believe each body has twelve different meridians and treatment can be applied to each meridian for a number of reasons. However, cupping can also be used in Western society as an alternative medicine helping with muscular tightness, sporting injuries, and skin conditions.
How Does Dry Cupping Work?
Initially the vacuum application of the cup pulls blood into an area. This leads to the effected tissue becoming saturated with fresh blood. This saturation can often leave a circular mark, which is consistent with a red rash mark. However, this usually disappears after a day or so and happens to a lesser extent on subsequent treatments.
Neovascularisation (new blood vessel formation), occurs in response to blood being draw into the tissue. This leads to an increase in nutrient and oxygen content within the localised area.
Due to the vacuum effect, the soft tissue often experiences micro-trauma and separation between the tissue layers. The body responds to this micro-trauma by stimulating an inflammatory response, which is the natural process of healing. During this stage, the body releases chemicals such as white blood cells, platelets and fibroblasts to initiate healing.
Finally, the stretch that is produced in the soft tissue and fascia leads to a relaxation effect within the muscle, which results improved range of motion and performance.