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Cupping Techniques

cupping-techniquesWith cupping, there are a number of different techniques and methods that the practitioner may use. You have the two main practices of dry and wet cupping. You also have techniques like fixed cupping, moving cupping, and needle cupping. Additionally, you will find that different professionals use different methods to create the vacuum.

How Cupping Works

How-cupping-worksCupping is mostly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the ancient practice of cupping, it was believed to work in much the same way that they believed acupuncture did. The idea was that the body has an energy flow, and that this energy flow can go out of balance. To address the health issue, it was believed that the energy flow needed to be restored.

The Health Benefits of Cupping

the-health-benefits-of-cuppingAs people search for different treatment options for things like pain and illness, many consider different types of alternative or complementary medicine. Either as a standalone treatment or to assist other remedies, many of these alternatives can be quite effective.

Among the many forms of alternative medicine that are out there, you may come across the practice of cupping. This is an ancient form of medicine that has been practiced in Eastern cultures and manuscripts from Ancient Egypt have been found that describe the practice of cupping.

In cupping, a therapist places cups on different points of the body to create suction. Most commonly, the cups are made from glass, but you may also find plastic or bamboo cups to be used. Depending on the practitioner and the condition that they are trying to address, different techniques and methods may be used.

For some, cupping may be used as a standalone treatment, but it is commonly used as a complement to other forms of treatment like acupuncture and massage.

 

Don't Break the Pain Barrier

prevent injury if you feel pain dont push yourself To achieve greater fitness in the gym or get a strenuous job done quicker, it can be very tempting to push through your pain barrier. Of course, to achieve results and avoid being on a plateau in a fitness regime it is important to challenge yourself physically and even mentally. However, failure to heed the body's warning signs could lead to injury and potential health problems.

Take a Break

take-breaks-to-prevent-injuryIn many countries, there are signs on the roadside that say "tiredness kills." While tired muscles, joints, or fingers may not kill you, they can lead to various types of preventable injuries.

Importance of Protective Gear

natural-ways-to-prevent-injuryNot only is using the right kind of gear necessary to avert the possibility of an injury, but you need to make sure that you have the right protective gear. Many work environments, sports, and household tasks require that you wear protective gear to protect yourself from preventable injuries.

Using the Right Gear

natural-ways-to-prevent-injuryInjuries can be avoided if you always use the right gear for your work, training exercises, or other daily activities.

Strengthening

natural-ways-to-prevent-injuryMany injuries can be prevented naturally by strengthening different muscle groups. Obviously, the stronger your muscles are, the less likely you are to suffer from strains or sprains at home or in the workplace. In fact, preventable strains and sprains account for almost 50% of all injuries in the workplace. If you are a runner, weak hip muscles can put you at risk of developing runners knee.[4]

Flexibility Exercises

developing flexibility is a natural way to prevent injuryPerforming exercises that are designed to increase the flexibility of your joints and muscles will help you prevent injuring yourself. This principle of keeping yourself flexible can be illustrated by a fishing rod. A flexible fishing rod will bend and hold a large fish without breaking. However, a rod that is stiff and inflexible will break easier and it is more difficult to land your catch.

Stretching

stretching is a natural way to prevent injuryThere are many benefits of stretching to avoid injury in the workplace, the gym, and in your daily activities. According to the Mayo Clinic, stretching can help improve the range of motion in your joints which can, in turn, decrease the risk of injury.[3] However, to avoid injury before a workout, you should never stretch cold muscles.

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