Since I posted a picture on FB last week of my pre-race cupping and it seemed to cause a bit of an “uproar” due to the “cow-like” look of the devices, I decided I shall inform the CK Multisport blog readers of what cupping is/does. In a nutshell:
Cupping refers to an ancient practice in which a cup is applied to the skin and the pressure in the cup is reduced (by using change in heat or by suctioning out air), so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into and held in the cup. This method draws blood and fluid away from any inflamed area to the surface of the skin. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available; areas of pain and inflammation greatly benefit from cupping as it relieves congestion and allows blood to flow easier. It has been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, when the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, it draws up the underlying tissues causing superficial local congestion and localized healing takes place through allowing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, veins arteries and capillaries.
Cupping has been used for thousands of years, but has recently gained popularity for its ability to release toxins (i.e. helps tissues to release toxins), enhance blood circulation, stimulate the immune system, and reduce stress as it releases chemicals in the brain that reduce stress and depression.
Here are a few more photos for your enjoyment J I can’t post the picture of my hamstrings because you can see half of my butt and I will save you all from the horror.
Despite not having a great race at Eagleman due to cramps, I will say, my legs and back felt the best they’ve felt in a long time leading up to and during the ride. Had I not cramped, who knows if it would have been one of my greatest runs yet!?
Speaking of runs…here’s some serious suffering in these pics from this weekend.
Dr. Greenapple is the only local doctor I know who does cupping locally, but I’m sure others do it…I wish you the best of luck trying to get an appointment with THE man himself! 🙂