By Bryn Zolty, PT
Its proposed treatments include a wide range of ailments, such as improving lymph drainage, improving blood flow, decreasing pain, and even drawing out infections.
Our therapists use one of the more gentle methods, gliding cupping, as a way of decompressing the soft tissues with lotion/oil to increase motion and decrease pain. A patient can feel gentle suction, stretching, or slow gliding of the cup. This is unlike the prolonged, static placement of the cups, as performed on some Olympic athletes. Our patients benefit by: increasing blood flow and removal of stagnant blood, softening/releasing scar tissue and adhesions, releasing trigger points and "muscle knots", improving tissue mobility/flexibility, and relaxing muscles. We have had success using cupping therapy with many conditions, like low back pain, pelvic pain, hip pain, stuck scars, constipation, and much more!
The use of alternative medicine in combination with conventional medicine has been increasing in recent years. “Conventional medicine, at its foundation, focuses on biochemistry of cells, tissue and organs. Energy Medicine, at its foundation, focuses on the energy fields of the body that organize and control the growth and repair of cells, tissues, and organs….” (David Feinstein, PhD).
Energy Medicine is useful in the management of autoimmune disorders to bolster the body’s energetic foundation, mobilize its inherent healing forces, create space to move toxins, release restrictions and stress, and re-establish connections between the right and left sides of the brain to the right and left sides of the body. Connect PT's Karen Bruno, PT uses these principles of Energy Medicine in combination with traditional techniques to teach patients how to easily and comfortably engage in self-healing to reduce pain and stress for greater balance, resilience, and adaptability.
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