Did you know that close to 65% people between the age of 18 and 35 experience chronic neck and shoulder pain? If you were under the impression that only older people have this problem, think again because neck and shoulder pain is more common that you think. And, cupping therapy may well be one of the most effective healing modalities that can help you with the condition.
Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain
Neck and shoulder pain can result from many factors, only one of which is an injury that hasn’t healed despite your taking care of it. While arthritis and meningitis are medical causes, other factors that can contribute to the condition include a strain, or sprain. You can also have neck and shoulder pain because of poor posture or spending long hours at a desk job without moving and changing your position.
If you accidentally slept for too long in an awkward pose or made a sudden move with your neck, you might have severe pain. As an athlete, if you play a sport that involves the use of your shoulder muscles, you can develop chronic pain. Do keep in mind that sometimes, headaches and migraines can also result from neck pain.
The Science Behind Why Cupping can Help
Neck and shoulder pain is a manifestation of the stretched myofascial tissues in the area. When cupping is performed, it lifts the skin from the myofascial network by creating a vacuum. As blood rushes to fill the empty space, it brings with it fresh nutrients and oxygen.
This infusion works to heal the affected area by clearing away the knots and constrictions in the muscles. In addition to blood, the area also receives more lymph. Knots and stiffness can also be caused by a buildup of toxins, dead cells, and other debris. The lymph works to clear the toxins and cleanse it so that healing is further promoted.
The Philosophy Behind the Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy
While science has a perfectly valid explanation of how cupping therapy works, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) explains it in a slightly different way. TCM believes in the free flow of life energy inside the meridians of the body. As long as the energy flow remains unobstructed, the person remains healthy, but any snags in this flow can cause ailments and illnesses. For this reason, TCM aims to release the blockages and thus heal the affected tissues after an injury.
Science says that healed tissues receive a lower amount of blood supply. That’s because the scars that form after an injury or strain are tougher than the original tissues. Cupping therapy can help restore the blood supply to the affected area so that healing is stimulated again. For this reason, the modality can work on chronic pain that may result from old injuries and strains also.