We’re talking about Cupping Therapy – and famous athletes Swear By It. You may have noticed the round, dark circles on the bodies of famous swimmers & gymnasts along with other athletic competitors. It’s created by a form of physical therapy called cupping therapy.
The cupping process draws blood from your vessels and into your tissue. Since your body thinks it’s been injured, it jumpstarts an inflammatory response, mobilizing antibodies to the area to try to heal it.
Cupping is also recommended to treat a lot of pain-based conditions. Along with boosting athletic recovery, it’s also been used to manage things like joint pain, lower back pain, plantar fasciitis and fibromyalgia. “Blood flow is the body’s way of naturally healing,” says Houman Danesh, M.D., an assistant professor of anesthesiology and rehabilitation medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital who frequently combines cupping with mainstream pain therapy techniques. “Increased blood flow can be beneficial to jumpstart or restart a blunted healing response.”
For athletes who aren’t hurt, the increased blood flow from cupping helps repair muscle fibers after a tough workout.
At Bright STAR Physical Therapy, our staff can perform Cupping Therapy to help heal injuries, decrease recovery time & relieve pain. We have 2 locations in the San Fernando Valley — Woodland Hills, CA & Valley Village / North Hollywood, CA. Call our office today for a free consultation (818)343-3900. You can also visit our website at www.BrightSTARPT.com