Most of us have seen the circular marks or bruises on professional athletes on TV or at runners at a local race from cupping therapy! We often see these marks near the shoulders, neck, or on the legs of the athlete. But what conditions is cutting actually good for an effective at treating?
Our last blog, we discussed what sports cupping is, why it is effective in reducing pain and rehabilitating injuries, and how long those funny looking marks and bruises last. This article will be discussing what conditions cupping therapy is effective at treating and how it can help rehabilitate your pains and injuries!
Cupping Therapy in Saint Johns, Florida
At St. Johns Chiropractic & Performance, we help active adults & youth athletes get out of pain quickly & rehabilitate their injuries so they can get back to doing what they love without limitation. Dr. Grant Speer is an expert with sports injuries and has an extensive background in diagnosing aches & pains, finding the root cause of the injury, pain reduction techniques, and rehabilitating the injured tissue to prevent further injury.
We have helped many people in Saint Johns, Florida with joint, muscle, and soft tissue pain and have found lasting solutions to help them stay active without pain!
Injuries Cupping Therapy Can Help Treat
Our last blog briefly talked about how cupping therapy has been shown to be very effective against low back pain, neck pain, and shoulder issues. Even being shown to be as effective or more effective than acetaminophen (Tylenol) and myofascial release (massage). (1-2)
When it comes to low back pain and neck pain, cupping therapy has been shown to be very effective in reducing pain levels and improving function (mobility and strength) of the local muscles. (2) Research certainly supports it in the use of shoulder pain and shoulder dysfunction as well. (1-2) In a study done on a baseball team, cupping therapy was successful in improving shoulder function, overall upper extremity function, and soft tissue compliance in the baseball players who were symptomatic (had pain) and asymptomatic (no pain). (1)
Baseball players offer suffer from tightness in their neck, back, rotator cuff, and shoulder muscles. This research is huge for those athletes as it helps normalize the muscle tone and as we discussed in our last article, cupping can help decrease muscle soreness after exercise and games.
In those with hamstring injuries (muscle strain, pain, decreased flexibility), cupping therapy was shown to be very effective at increasing range of motion and making the athletes feel more prepared for activity. (3) If the athletes feel more prepared for activity, we know they will perform better!
Almost every athlete at some point in their career will suffer from a hamstring strain or hamstring tightness. These injuries can be very nagging and limiting. To find an effective solution to treat the hamstrings is a huge advantage for all runners and athletes! Sports injuries in various sports including soccer, basketball, baseball, football, swimming (as proven by Michael Phelps), and track can find relief using cupping therapy!
Who Needs Cupping?
If you know someone in the Saint Johns, Florida area (Durbin Crossing, Aberdeen, RiverTown, Julington Creek Plantation, Beachwalk, Silverleaf) who is not able to live the active lifestyle that they want because of an injury or pain and could benefit from our thorough approach and comprehensive care, please share this post with them or send them our way!
We are conveniently located just south of Jacksonville in between CR 210 and Race Track Road, near where St. Johns Parkway and Longleaf Pine intersect! Right across the street from Patriot Oaks Academy in the 32259 zip code! Only 4 minutes from Durbin Park! We are committed to offering the best chiropractic care near you!
We help active adults & youth athletes get out of pain quickly & rehabilitate their injuries so they can get back to doing what they love pain-free! So, whether you’re looking to make a lifestyle change, recover from chronic pain, or become a better athlete, our experts at St. Johns Chiropractic & Performance can help you improve.
- Chiu YC, Manousakas I, Kuo SM, Shiao JW, Chen CL. Influence of quantified dry cupping on soft tissue compliance in athletes with myofascial pain syndrome. PLoS One. 2020 Nov 19;15(11):e0242371. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0242371. PMID: 33211769; PMCID: PMC7676738.
- Trofa DP, Obana KK, Herndon CL, Noticewala MS, Parisien RL, Popkin CA, Ahmad CS. The Evidence for Common Nonsurgical Modalities in Sports Medicine, Part 2: Cupping and Blood Flow Restriction. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 Jan;4(1):e1900105. doi: 10.5435/JAAOSGlobal-D-19-00105. PMID: 32672728; PMCID: PMC7028774.
- Warren AJ, LaCross Z, Volberding JL, O’Brien MS. ACUTE OUTCOMES OF MYOFASCIAL DECOMPRESSION (CUPPING THERAPY) COMPARED TO SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE ON HAMSTRING PATHOLOGY AFTER A SINGLE TREATMENT. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2020 Aug;15(4):579-592. PMID: 33354391; PMCID: PMC7735689.