Sports Cupping

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At Medical Sports Massage, we're passionate about helping athletes recover faster and perform at their best. That's why we're excited to offer sports cupping, a non-invasive therapy that can help you achieve your athletic goals without relying on drugs or surgery. Whether you're an elite athlete looking to gain an edge in competition or a weekend warrior seeking relief from a nagging injury, sports cupping can help. This therapy suits a wide range of athletic needs, from professional athletes to those who participate in sports recreationally.

Some benefits of sports cupping include increased circulation, release of tension and adhesions in the muscles, improved range of motion, reduced inflammation, and faster recovery from injuries. Additionally, sports cupping has been found to help with conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches, making it a versatile therapy for athletes and non-athletes alike. Sports cupping can also help boost your immune system.

Our expert therapists are trained to use various techniques and equipment to ensure your sports cupping session is safe, effective, and tailored to your unique needs. We use high-quality silicone cups, which are sterilized before each use to ensure maximum hygiene and safety. During your sports cupping session, our therapists will monitor your skin's response to the suction to ensure that your sports cupping treatment is safe and comfortable. Depending on your specific needs and goals, we may combine cupping with other sports therapy techniques such as massage, stretching, and exercise to create a comprehensive and customized plan.

Our therapists are trained in various techniques, including deep tissue massage, myofascial release, and neuromuscular therapy; our therapists can help you address a wide range of concerns, including chronic pain, muscle tension, and limited range of motion. By combining sports cupping with other techniques, our therapists can also help you improve your posture, balance, and coordination, reducing your risk of injury and improving your overall athletic performance.

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What Is Sports Cupping? How Does It Help?

Sports Cupping is the use of traditional Chinese cupping in modern Sports Therapy. It combines the knowledge of physical therapy with Traditional Chinese Medicine to help athletes recover faster from training and improve overall performance. The continued use of this therapy by top athletes, such as Michael Phelps, attests to its effectiveness. Sports Cupping helps increase blood flow in specific areas, assisting muscle recovery. It also loosens the fascia, which allows the muscle to move more smoothly, reduces stiffness and moves the lactic acid out of the muscles to reduce inflammation.

What Should I Expect During Sports Cupping?

During the treatment, the practitioner will place several small high quality silicon cups on the skin, often over one large muscle group. The practitioner will then create a vacuum within the cup by suctioning the air out of the cup. This will create a pulling feeling as the cup is moved around the body in massage-like strokes. The goal of the treatment is to improve mobility in the area and increase circulation. Generally, the treatment lasts anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. It is essential to drink plenty of water after a session.

What Are the Bruises from Sports Cupping? Do they hurt?

Medical & Sports Massage’s cupping therapy uses suction cups that pull at the muscles. This suction does create approximately 2-inch diameter bruises on the cupping areas, which are normal. These will diminish after approximately 2-3 days and should not prevent you from completing your daily activities.

What Do Different Colors of Cupping Mean?

Different colors of cupping after sports cupping can indicate different things about the body's response to the treatment. Reddish or pinkish discolorations generally indicate that the muscles are congested and that the cupping treatment has effectively relieved the congestion. Bright red cupping marks usually indicate an acute injury or irritation. Darker purplish marks indicate stagnation in the area cupped, and blue marks can signify a need for a deeper treatment.

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