Should I Try Cupping Therapy For Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain?

Let’s face it – Americans are prone to chronic pain. Perhaps it’s the long hours at work that take us away from comfort, or the stress of our economy and political climate as fear of the unknown – no matter the cause, a 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicated that 25.3 million adults (11.2% of the population) experience chronic pain. A major concern with pain has been the use of opioids for treatment, as this medication can be highly addictive if misused.

Chronic pain is hard to live with. Shooting pain, tingling sensations, and dull pain can become unbearable, and small movements can trigger these reactions. Alternative therapies provide a clear, open pathway for you to find peace and serenity without the invasion of needles or medication.

What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy that has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as, “the application of suction by creating a vacuum.” An ancient form of alternative medicine, cupping occurs when a therapist puts special cups on a person’s skin for a short period of time to create a vacuum-like suction. Cupping is used for everything from helping to manage pain, to reducing inflammation, aiding in blood flow, and even improving relaxation.

Benefits of Cupping

Cupping as a therapy has been in practice for thousands of years. Typically done with a jar or cup, the area that is in pain becomes localized, with several amazing benefits of cupping include:

  • Warming the channels to remove cold
  • Promoting qi (in ancient Chinese medicine, known as one’s “vital life force”) and blood flow
  • Relieving swelling
  • Accelerating healing
  • Adjusting body temperature
  • Assisting with fibromyalgia, stroke rehabilitation, hypertension, musculoskeletal pain, and more.
  • Alleviating pain (including neck, shoulder, and lower back pain)

With only mild side effects such as light bruising, temporary discomfort and occasional skin irritation, cupping is growing as a preferred method of breaking up the body’s blockage to restore its natural flow of energy.

When To Try Cupping

A 2016 study published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine sought to explore the effectiveness of cupping therapy on chronic neck and shoulder pain among community residents; researchers found that just one session of cupping therapy increased surface temperature, and was ultimately perceived to reduce neck pain intensity by participants who received cupping therapy for this issue. One person shared their journey of healing with cupping via The Mighty; she stated,

“For me, cupping releases muscle tension and increases blood circulation to the area…I have had many cupping sessions along with acupuncture that have helped relieve some of my discomfort.”

Cupping is also useful for athletes as a way to relieve muscle spasm, and for those struggling with digestive issues. Cupping can aid in improved metabolism, a healthy appetite, constipation relief, and overall improved digestion. Cupping, along with other conventional and alternative medicinal approaches, could be an excellent way to relieve some of that unrelenting pain you’ve been experiencing.

Begin a beautiful journey of healing and restoration through cupping therapy today. Avalon Integrative Wellness offers an innovative approach to wellness and the exciting brand shift of our program emphasizes the importance of integrative wellness through experiential frameworks. Clients at Avalon Integrative Wellness learn, act, experience, grow, heal, and evolve, concurrently.

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