Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.It dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Today cupping has become very popular for Olympic athletes. Michael Phelps, US gymnast Alex Naddour and Belarus swimmer Pavel Sankovich have all posted pictures of their polka dotted limbs and backs.
Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy offers a non-intrusive option to acupuncture and surgery. It also provides a non-addicting treatment that eliminates the complications of long-term drug treatment programs. Cold lasers are FDA cleared and widely used in the treatment of many conditions
Healing With Cold Lasers
The cold laser produces an impulse of light at a specific wavelength (usually 600 to 980nm) that minimizes reflection and scattering but maximizes absorption of the the energy (in photons) at a desired depth. This wavelength causes a biochemical increase in cell energy which has the ability to transform live cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state. Over 4,000 studies have been conducted in recent years to validate the treatment effectiveness of cold laser therapy. Below are listed Therapeutic effects of cold laser therapy:
- Increased Cell Growth: Laser photons accelerate cellular reproduction and growth
- Increased Metabolic Activity: Photons initiate higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells, and thus greater production of the basic food source for cells, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP)
- Faster Wound Healing: Cold laser photons stimulate fibroblast development and accelerate collagen synthesis in damaged tissue
- Anti-Inflammatory Action: Laser photons reduce swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints resulting in enhanced joint mobility
- Increased Vascular Activity: Laser photons induce temporary vasodilation that increases blood flow to effected areas
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation:Laser photons reduce the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, or post surgery
- Stimulated Nerve Function: Laser photon exposure speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life
- Pain Reduction: Almost all systems have a mode of operation specifically designed to reduce pain