Cupping Therapy By Sarah Hare
What Is Cupping?
Massage cupping is another way of facilitating and is commonly used by practitioners of the western healing arts. Plenty of oil is needed to glide the cups over the skin in a smooth, consistent movement. The suction and negative pressure created by massage cupping releases rigid soft tissue, breaks up and drains excess fluids and toxins, loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue, and brings blood and lymph flow to stagnant skin and muscles.
Stationary and massage cupping are most commonly used on the back, neck and shoulders. But by adjusting the size of the cups, this therapy can be used almost anywhere on the body including the feet and face.
Causes of Cellulite
Cellulite is mainly caused because of a genetic condition which causes fluid retention, an inefficient lymphatic drainage system and weak veins that result in ineffective blood circulation. Hormonal imbalances can also cause the development of more fat cells. These factors result in the fat cells lying under the skin converting into cellulite. This cellulite pushes up the cords connecting the skin to the underlying muscle and creates the ungainly appearance of the dimpled, orange peel look on the skin that is a sign of cellulite.
The pressure that is experienced during the cupping method helps to soften the muscles and lift connective tissue. It aids in increasing the blood flow to the treated areas and drain excess fluids and toxins.
How to Ice for Optimal Recovery
Opinions surrounding an endurance athlete's need to ice for recovery are many. Icing to aid in the recovery of an injury is one thing, but using ice as the prime treatment for overuse injuries is another issue.
For example, if you have shin splints, simply icing the shin splints to decrease the pain and immediate inflammation may ease the discomfort but does not "cure" anything.
Involves rubbing plastic or foam cup (with edges peeled back) of ice over body part to be treated.
Used mostly for small areas of inflamed tissue or acute muscle guarding
Direction of application should be parallel to muscle fibers.
Application is continued for 3-10 minutes until anesthesia is reached.
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