Vacuum cupping


injury Rehabilitation, acupuncture and massage

what is acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 4000 years.  It is believed that the body contains meridians.  These are pathways through which the energy of life called Qi ('chi') flows.  Blockages in the flow are believed to cause problems such as pain and muscle spasm.  Acupuncture works to stimulate appropriate points along the affected meridian(s) in order to improve Qi flow.  The points are usually stimulated by the insertion of very fine, sterile needles.  Modern research shows that acupuncture stimulates the brain via nerve endings in the skin and muscles.  When the brain is stimulated in this way it releases pain relieving chemicals.  These can assist our body to repair itself when injured.

What to expect during treatment

A full medical history and physical assessment will be carried out prior to any treatment.  Only sterile, single use disposable needles are used.  The needles are inserted into specifically selected acupuncture points.  You may have between 2 - 16 needles inserted depending upon the condition being treated.  The needles may be inserted in and around the problem area, away from it (in the hands and feet), on the opposite side of the body, and occasionally points in the ears are used.  Once the needles are all in place the therapist will occasionally stimulate the needles by gently turning them.  You may feel a mild ache, numbness or heaviness around the needles.  This is referred to as De-Qi by the Chinese and is a sign that the are is being stimulated.

Does Acupuncture have any side effects?

  • Drowsiness can occasionally occur after treatment. In this instance you are advised not to drive immediately after treatment
  • Minor bleeding or bruising occurs in about 3% of treatments
  • Mild pain can occur in about 1% of treatments
  • In about 3% of cases symptoms may initially worsen after treatment
  • Fainting can occur in certain patients

Cupping is an ancient Chinese Therapy which uses plastic cups to create a vacuum. The cups are placed over certain areas (which the Chinese call meridians) and a vacuum pull of the cups creates warmth to the area and increases local circulation, penetrating deep into your tissues. The cups can be left in place, pulled on and off quickly or slid across the skin for a deeper effect. Cupping is mainly performed on one’s back and legs.

It is a deep, vigorous treatment that may not be suitable for all.

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