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Cupping in Long Beach

Find Lasting Relief with Cupping Therapy in Long Beach

Have nagging muscle tension or chronic pain held you back from the active lifestyle you want? You’re not alone. Over 50 million adults in the US struggle with chronic pain conditions that drain the joy from exercise and physical activity. But what if we told you there’s a centuries-old healing technique that could help relax your muscles, improve circulation, and potentially reduce your pain – without pills or invasive treatments? At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy, we’re proud to offer cupping therapy: a dynamic treatment that uses targeted suction to literally “lift” tension out of tissues. Think of it like a reverse massage! Keep reading to learn how our customized cupping treatments can get you back to pain-free movement.

How Cupping Therapy in Long Beach Works

Cupping has been used for over 3,500 years in traditional Chinese medicine and by healers across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. It involves placing specialized cups on the skin and creating suction. As the air is removed, it gently draws the skin, connective tissues, and muscles up into the cup.

This suctioning effect has a number of proposed benefits:

  • Increases blood flow to treated areas
  • Promotes relaxation of tense muscles
  • Loosens stiffness/adhesions in connective tissues
  • Supports the body’s natural healing abilities

The suction and resulting skin reddening (not to be confused with bruising) is temporary – usually subsiding within a few days. And the relaxation of tissues can provide lasting relief.

At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy, our experienced physical therapists use a modern cupping massage technique tailored to your unique needs. We customize the suction intensity and placement based on your pain patterns, tension, and goals. This tailored approach helps create lasting changes without discomfort. Want to see if cupping therapy is right for you? Keep reading to learn how it can help or schedule a consultation today.

Who Can Benefit from Cupping?

Cupping is used to support individuals struggling with:

  • Chronic headaches/migraines
  • Back, shoulder, and neck tension
  • Muscle pain and soreness
  • Scar tissue discomfort
  • Cellulite appearance
  • Stress and fatigue
  • And much more

It’s particularly helpful for athletes or formerly active people hoping to return to their sport or training after injury. The muscle relaxation and tissue mobilizing effects make it easier to rebuild strength and mobility.

Cupping complements other physical therapy treatments beautifully. It’s often combined with massage, stretches, joint mobilization, and rehab exercises. In addition to that, it’s suitable for most ages and fitness levels when applied properly. So if you’re eager to wave goodbye to stiffness, tension, and pain, cupping therapy may be for you! Continue reading to learn the top benefits or schedule a consultation now to get started.

4 Major Benefits of Cupping Therapy in Long Beach

Here’s an overview of the top perks our clients experience with regular cupping treatments:

1. Potential Pain Relief and Muscle Relaxation
The gentle suctioning action of cupping physically draws tense tissues upwards into the cup. This mobilizes stiffness and adhesion in muscles and connective tissues that contribute to chronic tension, aches, and limb or joint restrictions. As these tissues stretch and relax, clients often report:

  • Decreased muscle soreness
  • Reduced discomfort from tension headaches, upper back/neck aches, and lower back pain
  • A liberating release of tightness in shoulders and hips
  • Improved range of motion in joints like wrists, elbows, and ankles

The boost in local blood flow may also positively impact recovery from strains or sports injuries.
Of course, cupping is not a magic bullet for chronic pain. Your therapist will advise how often treatments are needed based on your condition for sustained relief. However, many people find it effective for soothing tense, achy muscles when performed regularly.

2. Enhanced Sense of Well-Being and Relaxation
Interestingly, cupping often creates a pleasant decompression-like sensation. As tissues lift into the cup, feelings of tension diffuse and a deeper relaxation emerges throughout the body. Sessions have an almost meditative quality. Cupping kicks off a cascade of positive effects:

  • Physical relaxation brings mental calmness
  • Pain relief enhances mood
  • Improved circulation energizes the whole body

The net result is many people leave their session with an elevated mood, clearer mindset, and renewed energy that lasts for days. It’s like hitting the “refresh” button! This makes cupping an excellent addition to self-care routines for stress management and fatigue. It complements approaches like therapy, meditation, journaling, and movement that create lasting well-being.

3. Improved Blood Flow and Circulation
As tissues gently fill the cups, localized blood flow to the area increases. This brings fresh oxygen and nutrients to nourish tissues. Better circulation through regular cupping may support:

  • Healthy skin and connective tissue
  • Muscle recovery after intense exercise
  • Healing of strains, sprains, or injuries
  • Potential reduction in the appearance of cellulite
  • Improved immune function

Enhancing blood flow promotes tissue resilience – helping your body stay supple and bounce back faster from life’s bumps and bruises. Who couldn’t use that?

4. Potential Benefits for Other Conditions
Cupping is often used alongside other treatments for issues like:

  • Respiratory conditions
  • Skin complications
  • Inflammation
  • Fatigue
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Digestive troubles
  • And much more

However, more research is needed to confirm cupping’s efficacy as a standalone therapy for these chronic diseases. At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy, your therapist will review your full health history and lifestyle to determine if cupping may be beneficial. We’ll also advise you on any conditions that are contraindicated. The power of cupping truly shines through when combined with a full treatment plan including physical therapy, nutrition support, mental health, and medical care as needed. Let our team help you put together the pieces to achieve lasting relief!

Frequently Asked Cupping Questions

What is cupping therapy used for?
Cupping promotes wellness by:

  • Increasing blood flow
  • Soothing chronic muscle tension
  • Supporting connective tissue health
  • Relaxing the nervous system

It’s primarily used to help individuals find relief from issues like back/neck/shoulder pain, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, cellulite, and scar tissue discomfort. Some also use it to complement the treatment of respiratory conditions, and skin complications like eczema, inflammation, and digestive troubles.

Is cupping good for your body?
Yes, in most cases cupping is very beneficial! It supports overall health without negative side effects when performed by a licensed professional. As with any treatment, individuals with certain conditions like bleeding disorders, aneurysms, or blood clotting issues should avoid cupping. Pregnant women may also want to exercise caution.

What should you not do after cupping?
Avoid hot baths, showers, saunas, or hot tubs for up to 72 hours after treatment. Heat can make the circular cupping marks last longer. Also avoid aggressive exfoliation, harsh skin products, or scrubbing for a few days. This allows any tiny vessels broken by suctioning to fully heal.

Besides that, you can return to normal activities! The lightheaded sensation some feel immediately after treatment resolves within about 15 minutes.

Does cupping remove toxins?
Maybe! Traditional practices explain cupping’s benefits through toxin removal effects.
By mobilizing stiffness and scar tissue, some waste products likely diffuse out of tissues. The improved blood flow can whisk these away. However, more research is needed to conclusively state that cupping directly removes toxins or provides detoxification benefits. Either way, most clients feel refreshed and renewed after a session!

Meet Your Cupping Therapy Team

Dr. Hayden Almeida, a licensed physical therpist at Zenith Performance Physical Therapy can show you why cupping is an excellent choice for physical therapy and pain management.

Next Steps: Start Healing with Cupping Therapy Today

Ready to wave goodbye to aches, pains, and stiffness holding you back? At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy, we offer flexible scheduling for appointments. Click here to book your consultation online to get started. In your initial visit, Dr. Hayden Almeida takes a detailed health history and assesses your posture and movement patterns to identify issues cupping may help. They’ll explain the treatment process so you know exactly what to expect. You’ll leave your first session feeling refreshed, renewed, and optimistic about finally finding relief! We can’t wait to work with you.

About the Author

Dr. Hayden Almeida puts patients at the forefront of their care. With years of experience, they guide individuals towards achieving their best selves. At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy in Long Beach, Dr. Hayden Almeida crafts individualized plans using cutting-edge techniques, empowering patients to overcome limitations and thrive.

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John Moors

Dr. Hayden is incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and professional. I had gotten used to not being able to do a proper squat due to years of poor hip and knee mobility, but have made incredible progress thanks to them. I am honestly amazed at how far I’ve come and how good it feels to have this mobility back. Both the in-person sessions and stretches for homework are effective and realistic. If you’re used to either pain or restriction (and are simply trudging along tolerating it – like I was), I highly recommend meeting with Dr. Hayden. And even if you just want the folks at your gym to be shocked with your progress, that’s reason enough 🙂

Tracy Luu

This was my first time seeing a physical therapist. I started experiencing neck & shoulder pain so wanted to try this out. I love the holistic approach of overall wellness & Dr. Hayden broke down the exercises really easy. To my surprise, my pain is gone thanks to Dr. Hayden & being intentional about my physical fitness. This is a safe place too!

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