If you have an issue with chronic pain in a specific area of your body that just won't go away no matter what you do, here is an excellent treatment.
It's a procedure we offer called "cupping" and Dr. Allison has been using it for many decades with great success.
It originated in China many thousands of years ago. A glass jar would be used along with alcohol and a flame to create a vacuum with in the jar. Once the flame was lit the jar would quickly be placed on the skin creating a vacuum.
The jar could then be left in position over certain acupuncture points or moved around creating a gentle massage with suction.
The purpose of cupping was to draw "qi" or energy and blood flow into the area of interest.
Why does it work? Because in order to heal, your body needs blood flow to the affected area.
Cupping promotes this massive blood flow, concentrating the blood on the one area where you're having chronic, constant pain.
Our patients report decreased pain and far less dependence on pain medications.
Immediately after his cupping treatment, this patient found the treatment very therapeutic.
Notice the gel that is applied during the cupping procedure.
Cupping is still used today, however modern methods do not require the use of an open flame.
The technique can and usually does result in some significant bruising or redness of the area treated but is completely harmless.
You may have seen pictures of Gwyneth Paltrow at the awards or Michael Phelps during the Olympics donning bruises from cupping.
The amount of suction can be adapted to the patient according to their sensitivity levels and is therefore painless.
It can promote great healing when applied to injuries and chronic pain conditions.
If you have constant pain in one area, cupping could be an effective treatment for you. Give us a call today at (615) 790-6363.