Vivian graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2010. She moved to Calgary and has worked in private practice in Calgary since January of 2011 (Maximum Potential Physiotherapy since 2013 and Country Hills Physiotherapy since 2016). Vivian has a large focus on assessing and treating the body as a…Read More...
Targeted Cupping Therapy Royal Oak Calgary NW
Our cupping therapy is an ideal treatment for tension, knots, and scar tissue as well as issues concerning circulation. Our experienced team at Country Hills Physiotherapy uses this technique to stimulate natural healing and the flushing of toxins out of your body. It’s very effective at easing tension and providing pain relief in a wide array of conditions.
Cupping therapy is a unique form of massage using specialized suction cups that facilitate the use of negative pressure. Instead of applying pressure to the problem area to release the tension, breaking up and forcing out toxins, it draws them closer to the surface where your lymphatic system can more readily deal with them.
It provides many of the same benefits as massage therapy (deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, prenatal massage, Swedish massage, relaxation massages, sports massage, etc.). This form of therapy is particularly useful for dealing with issues that lie deep in the tissues as well as for myofascial release / myofascial cupping which targets the tissues connecting muscles, nerves, blood vessels and blood flow together.
Health Conditions Commonly Treated with Cupping Therapy
With benefits like increased blood circulation, pain relief, and detoxification for any part of the body, it can be used in the treatment of most musculoskeletal problems. Here’s a list of just some of the symptoms and conditions people have when we book them for cupping therapy sessions at Country Hills Physiotherapy Calgary NW:
- Pain/ chronic pain anywhere in the body
- Healing power from array of injuries
- Sore muscles/ stiffness/ limited range of motion
- Severe muscle tension
- Trigger points/ knots
- IT band syndrome
- Carpal tunnel
- Plantar fasciitis
- Trigger Points (“knots”)
- Poor circulation/ decreased circulation after injury
- High blood pressure
- Dupuytren’s contracture of the hand (also known as palmar fibromatosis)
- Conditions causing sleep disturbance
Healing Benefits of Cupping Physiotherapy
Surgery and prescription medications can be risky, expensive, and often ineffective leaving you out of commission during a recovery period. Cupping therapy is a very safe and highly effective alternative in facilitating your body’s natural healing mechanisms.
Cupping therapy is also highly recommended by athletes who need to keep their bodies performing at their highest ability. It has the incredible effect of creating a nutrient-rich blood supply which is excellent for total-body healing and wellness.
What to Expect at Your First Visit
During your initial appointment, you’ll be asked a series of questions. We’ll gather a medical history, perform a physical assessment, and also discuss your goals for treatment to determine if cupping therapy is right for you. We’ll answer any questions you may have as well as addressing any concerns regarding treatment.
We’ll make sure you’re relaxed and ready prior to applying the cups. Usually, we start by getting the blood flowing with a light massage to the area being treated.
There are different therapeutic techniques used for applying the cups. Your therapist will determine which way will work best for you. Once the plastic or silicone cups are suctioned to the skin they may either be left stationary or glided on the skin.
The cups can be applied at various pressure levels. Often, joint mobilization is combined with cupping therapy to maximize your benefit. A cupping session usually lasts between 30 minutes and 1 hour and ends with the removal of the cups followed by your therapist manually flushing toxins that have been pulled to the surface (similar to a massage).
Our Cupping Therapists
Gloria graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Kinesiology before completing her MSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta. Since graduating, Gloria has completed additional training in a variety of manual therapy techniques and is level 2 certified in functional dry needling/IMS. In addition, Gloria has a special interest in prevention…Read More...
Richard graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Austin, Tx in 2016. He worked in Montana for 6 months in a nursing facility after graduation and then returned to Canada. Upon returning to Canada he worked at 2 clinics in Lethbridge, AB for 4…Read More...
Joanna graduated from the University of Alberta in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Prior to this she pursued a Kinesiology degree at the University of Calgary. A lifelong learner, continuing education courses have fuelled Joanna’s passion for her profession. She has completed post-graduate courses in manual therapy, Anatomical Acupuncture, GunnIMS, pain…Read More...
Frequently Asked Questions
Does cupping hurt?
Cupping therapy typically only causes mild discomfort, if any. If the sensation is too intense, we can adjust our technique to make you more comfortable.
You may experience mild soreness and slight bruising and marks on the skin following your treatment, but this is normal and usually lasts a couple of days to a couple of weeks. These effects usually diminish with repeated treatment as the condition of your skin improves.
Does my extended medical plan cover cupping therapy billing?
Yes. Cupping therapy is covered as a form of physiotherapy. Our office will take care of the direct billing to make this easy for you.
We directly bill most of the major insurance companies. But, if you’re unsure whether your plan covers physiotherapy, you may want to check with your provider before your appointment. Though a doctor’s referral is not required for our cupping therapy services, it may be necessary in order for your appointment to be covered by insurance.
Who can benefit from cupping therapeutic massage, is it for everyone?
Most people are eligible for cupping therapy. Cupping therapy is usually not done on very young people, people with thin skin, or skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Therapy to the back and the abdominal area should be avoided during pregnancy. We will make sure cupping therapy is right for you prior to starting treatment. If it so happens that cupping therapy is not an option for you, we have other excellent physiotherapy solutions available as an alternative. We’re dedicated to helping you in any way we can.
Will it bruise me?
The debris that has been stuck in the tissue is released with cupping. This debris is dumped into your lymphatic system during a cupping massage. The cups have negative pressure that pulls debris to the skin. The marks on the skin are not sensitive to touch as there was no force and it was more of a suction cupping.
Cupping Therapy Services in Royal Oak NW Calgary
You don’t have to be a celebrity or an athlete to enjoy the amazing relief and healing experience of cupping therapy. If you have further questions about cupping therapy or you’re ready to book your appointment today with one of our Physiotherapists or Cupping Massage Experts, please call us. We can’t wait to hear from you!
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