Vacuum therapy, or cupping, is one of the specialized therapies we offer our patients at Lindstrom Chiropractic when appropriate. This therapy delivers increased blood supply to muscles and skin to relieve chronic and acute pain and muscle tension. (Cupping created a mild sensation at the summer Olympics when it was used to treat members of the U. S. swimming team.)
When treating acute back pain, this therapy uses large cups to create a strong vacuum that mimics the rolling action of deep tissue massage to draw out inflammation with little or no pain.
Vacuum therapy is also beneficial in speeding recover from surgical procedures. For example, patients with severe burns or deep abdominal scars, such as C-sections, use cupping to loosen and soften rigid tissue, no matter how old the scar is.
Cupping often creates a deep sense of relaxation. Many patients have reported a deep warmth and tingling sensation long after the treatment has ended.