Why Cupping Therapy?
Cupping massage has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine and has recently gained popularity in the Western world. Athletes can benefit greatly from cupping massage as it can improve performance, reduce pain and soreness, and aid in injury prevention and recovery.
Benefits of Cupping Massage for Athletes
Improved Performance: Cupping massage can help improve blood circulation, which can enhance the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. This increased blood flow can also help remove metabolic waste products from the muscles, reducing fatigue and improving athletic performance.
Reduced Pain and Soreness: Athletes often experience muscle pain and soreness, which can be caused by overuse, injury, or intense workouts. Cupping massage can help alleviate this pain and soreness by reducing muscle tension and promoting relaxation.
Injury Prevention and Recovery: Cupping massage can help prevent injuries by improving muscle flexibility and range of motion. Additionally, if an athlete does suffer an injury, cupping massage can aid in their recovery by reducing inflammation and promoting the healing process.
Release of Dampness and fluid retention: Cupping can help move stagnant lymph fluid out of the body through the blood stream. With the excess dampness in our environment the lymph system can get overloaded causing swelling and water retention. Cupping can move improve fluid and blood circulation.
Before and After Care
Before a cupping massage, it is important to drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol. It is also recommended to eat a light meal beforehand. After the cupping session, it is important to continue to drink water and avoid strenuous activity for a few hours.
Frequency of Services
The frequency of cupping massage services depends on the individual athlete's needs and goals. For general muscle maintenance and injury prevention, monthly sessions are recommended. However, for athletes experiencing muscle pain or soreness, weekly or bi-weekly sessions may be necessary.
Here at Rx Acupuncture we offer both cupping and massage services tailored to you specific needs. Cupping can be added to any massage to enhance your health and fitness goals! Click here to schedule a session!