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Benefits of Cupping For Injury & Sports Recovery

In the recent Japan Olympics, you may have noticed the strange markings on the backs of professional athletes. These markings are especially apparent amongst swimmers including Australian Olympic medalist Kyle Chalmers and Japan's Akira Namba.

These renowned athletes have once again renewed interest in the mainstream media towards a form of therapeutic treatment called Cupping.

Though cupping treatment may seem like a relatively new trend, in fact, it has been a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapeutic treatment in Asian countries for centuries.

Cupping treatment can be helpful for injury & sports recovery. It can help patients to relieve pain and muscle soreness. The cupping technique uses suction to gently pull the muscle and fascia upwards releasing tension and providing relief for the patient. If you're interested to learn more about cupping in Traditional Chinese Medicine, visit our cupping page.

Spend the next five minutes reading this article in the section below and learn about how cupping can help you relieve your muscle pain.

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Article Contents:

What is Cupping?

Cupping For Injury & Sports Recovery

Acupuncture at Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy For Chronic Pain Relief
Cupping at Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy For Injury & Sports Recovery

What Is Cupping?

Cupping is a non-invasive Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that can help to resolve chronic muscle pain and tightness faster and more effectively than massage therapy by itself.

Practitioners create a vacuum that is quickly applied to the skin. The resultant low pressure in the cup-to-body space causes a localized expansion of the tissue. This causes a vasodilatation reaction that can help to relieve pain conditions.

Cupping is used to increase blood flow to painful constricted areas, and to re-supply vital nutrients and oxygen to those pain points. Cupping may be used in conjunction with acupuncture for even better results.

Cupping For Injury & Sports Recovery

If you’re wondering whether cupping therapy is right for you, here are four scenarios where cupping can be effective in helping you to improve your health, and wellness routine.

1. You often train hard in the gym

Whether you exercise recreationally or competitively, intense gym sessions can take a toll on your body. Recovery is just as important as the exercises you do if you aim to improve your performance.

Cupping therapy after exercise can provide a form of localized, intensified compression therapy: The suction effect from cupping draws pressure into a small area of your body, increasing blood flow to that area.

Using cupping to increase blood flow to your worked muscles can be an effective way to improve your muscle recovery after a workout. The effects of cupping can help to deliver essential nutrients and oxygen to your hard-worked muscles. Cupping treatment can help you to shorten your recovery time and optimize your training.

2. You are an athlete

As seen in the Olympics, elite athletes use cupping as a non-invasive tactic to recover quickly. Cupping therapy can be seen as a form of soft tissue manipulation comparable to massage therapy.

Cupping aims to break up adhesions in the muscle tissue, encourage blood flow to specific tissues, and expedite muscle healing. Cupping therapy can be an effective treatment for athletes who need to deliver their top performance day after day.

3. Your job requires manual labor

Jobs that require manual labor can place a heavy physical burden upon your body over time. We often hear of worker's injuries relating to construction, landscaping, working machinery, automotive repair, and more. Aches and pains are common in these fields, and cupping treatment can help.

Even amongst those who work jobs that are not necessarily considered manual labor, but involve a lot of activity (such as nursing and teaching) cupping therapy can offer considerable benefits. If your work forces you to make constant use of your arms, hands, legs, and feet, cupping therapy can help you keep your body functioning optimally with minimal aches and pains.

4. You experience chronic pain

Chronic pain at any severity requires a visit to a licensed and trained professional. Low-grade chronic pain in particular can prove to be a persistent problem that often becomes overlooked. Muscle aches and soreness can benefit tremendously from cupping treatment.

Aside from muscle recovery from workouts or competitions, chronic pain is likely one of the most common reasons that people seek cupping treatment. Cupping can provide soothing massage-like effects that patients will appreciate.

To learn more about cupping treatments at Health Wise, come in for a consultation to find out if it’s right for you. Schedule an appointment with us by calling +852 2526 7908 or email

Cupping Treatments at Health Wise

For bookings give us a call at +852 2526 7908 or email Cupping treatments by our certified practitioners are both safe and effective. You can opt for the cupping-only session, or add cupping onto your acupuncture session.

The benefits of cupping increase over time, and can yield long-term health benefits. Thank you for reading this short article. For inquiries about cupping. you can follow this link to contact us.

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