Olympic Trends: Cupping and Kinesio Taping
So here we are, a week into the Rio Olympics 2016, and getting more press than the athletes themselves are two holistic treatments, known as Cupping and Kinesio Taping.
Neither of these practices are new, however, since Phelps was spotted sporting large dark circles on his back, and pretty much every diver and volleyball player were seen with brightly coloured tape all over them, the media has gone crazy!
Both Cupping and Kinesio Tape actually do similar things; they both work by lifting the skin to enable blood flow and lymph drainage to the muscle. the treatments help to reduce inflammation, promote circulation, and reduce pain and swelling.
Cupping is an ancient practice, used in many cultures but most commonly known as a Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are many different types of Cupping. here at the Clinic Marie does two types of dry cupping; manual, which is done by using a special suction pump to draw the skin and soft tissues into the cup, and the strength of vacuum can be adjusted according to what is needed. With glass cups, a flame is used to heat the cup, then as it is applied to the skin, it creates a vacuum of it’s own, which can’t be adjusted. Many people use Cupping as an add on treatment to a massage or Acupuncture, but it can most certainly be used as a stand alone treatment too.
Kinesio Tape is not quite ancient, but it has been around since the 1970’s! It was invented by a Japanese Chiropractor, Dr Kenzo Kase in order to help with traumatised tissue and muscles. The tape is thin, flexible, breathable and elastic, so it does not restrict movement, making it ideal for sports injuries. Our Chiropractor, Dr Jack sometimes uses the tape on his patients if he feels it will benefit them, especially if they are a keen gym-goer or athlete. Kinesio tape can also be applied to help with posture. It comes in a multitude of colours and brands, and once it has been applied it will last a few days, withstanding showering or swimming.
If you are suffering with muscle pain, or back problems, we have many treatments here that can help. Why not contact us today?