When we ache, or we are in pain there is a point when we are willing just about to try anything to make it go away. This is especially true for those dealing with chronic conditions causes pain.
I can’t blame anybody for looking for solutions in such situations, but it’s worth doing a thorough research before paying money for any dubious treatment. Cupping therapy has gained some traction lately even though there is no strong evidence available to support the claims about its benefits.
What is Cupping Therapy?
Therapists are using small cups that they place at various points of your body, then use a suction device to create vacuum that will pull the skin away from your body. It’s an ancient form of alternative medicine and is recommended for a variety of reasons. It’s claimed to aid recovery, boost blood-flow, to help in pain management, inflammation and relaxation and it’s often used as part of a deep tissue massage.
What are the types of cupping?
There are different ways to perform a cupping therapy:
What does science say about it?
Very briefly put there haven’t been enough research done on the topic to conclude it’s effective. While here are athletes who swear by it and some research suggest it may work in reducing neck and shoulder pain, however that study itself says that further studies are required to understand its long-term effect.
Other scientists who believe in studies that are well designed and well controlled to exclude the placebo effect and other aspects that can influence the outcome of such research say that there is no compelling evidence and thus Cupping Therapy is a waste of money and time. There was a very small clinical trial that looked into the effectiveness of wet cupping and found no adverse effects compared to no therapy at all, it concluded that further controlled trials are required.
If anything, so far, no benefits of Cupping Therapy are scientifically proven. Personally, I think cupping is pseudoscience and can agree with those who think it’s a waste of money. I encourage all my clients to investigate and be sceptical every time they hear about a treatment or cure that claims to have a “detox” effect, miraculously can make pain go away or is "the best" way to help your body recover from a tough workout session.
Don’t get me wrong, if you have great experiences and you feel that those are worth your money, then keep at it. Often doing anything can help with managing pain so long you believe it works. However if a friend of yours has recommended this therapy for your problem and you are not sure how to proceed, I suggest you to head over to Google or check out the linked papers and make an informed decision.
If you are interested in other methods to help your body’s recovery or would like some input on how to achieve your fitness goals, feel free to get in touch.
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