Causes of Cellulite
Cellulite is the result of two main factors. First is the development of more fat cells brought on by a variety of reasons, such as hormonal imbalances, poor diet and exercise habits, toxin build-up, or pregnancy. These fat deposits push against the fascia that connects the skin to the underlying muscle and create the appearance of dimpled or lumpy skin that is typical of cellulite. The second factor is characterized by an inefficient lymphatic drainage system and weak veins that result in poor blood circulation. These issues cause fluid retention which exacerbate the appearance of the cellulite by making the depressions in the skin appear deeper.
How Cupping Therapy Helps
When cupping is performed, the cups are applied creating a suction on the skin and a lifting technique is utilized both statically and dynamically (gliding) to create a negative pressure on the skin's surface. This pulls toxins and excess fluid out of the tissues and into the skin layer where it can be further detoxified. Because the lifting technique also stimulates circulation, an increase in blood flow helps carry away the toxins and fluids more efficiently to the lymph drainage networks to be eliminated from the body. Cupping is also known to ease the fascia connecting the skin and muscle. In this way, fluid build-up is reduced and the skin develops a more cellulite-free healthy appearance.
Other Benefits of Cupping
While conventional weight loss methods may help reduce cellulite by getting rid of body fat, they do not work on specifically targeted areas of the body. Cupping, on the other hand, is known to help in spot reduction. Patients can request treatment for thighs, buttocks, arms, or any other area of concern, and cups are simply applied on the regions of patient’s body that need treatment. Done frequently, the improved circulation removes the dimpled cellulite texture, leaving the fibrous tissue soft, healthy and flexible, keeping skin looking firmer and more youthful.
What About the Marks?
When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing deep bruises. There will also be edema in the area involving the coagulation of sticky proteins. The combining presence of these elements usually results in stagnation of circulation to the area – resulting in pain, dysfunction, and chronic conditions. The vacuum formed by cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery. Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. These should not be misinterpreted as damage; rather they are the result of debilitating agents being drawn to the surface.
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