What is CUPPING THERAPY?? AKA Myofascial Decompression technique....?

Cupping techniques were originally developed thousands of years ago and have been most popularly utilized as a traditional Chinese medicine treatment.  Cupping therapy has been used over the years to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing.  Traditionally, the use of cupping assisted to reduce stagnation of qi along channels.  In recent year the use of this ancient healing art has gained interest of celebrities, healthcare practitioners and every day people seeking safe treatment for pain.  


Current terminology for cupping is Myofascial Decompression Therapy.  Much like it sounds, the cups are used to decompress soft tissues (muscle, tendon, ligaments and fascia) of the body.  Fascia is dense connective tissue made up of collagen fibers. Fascia surrounds muscles, nerves and vessels as well as organs.  Basically, its the tough stuff that keeps everything where it's supposed to be and allows us to move without displacing our spleens and livers and such.  


Lets talk about the fascial connection as it pertains to the musculoskeletal system.  Muscles are surrounded by and interact with one another with the assistance of the fascia.  When there is injury, either chronic or traumatic, the fascia is also affected, not just the muscles, ligaments and tendons.  If the network of fascial planes is disrupted due to scar tissue adhesions (sometimes referred to as knots), restrictions in function and mobility will result.  When you don't move well, your body suffers.  Faulty biomechanics (the way the body moves) can lead to pain and altered function which can dramatically affect the way you perform activities every day and keep you from doing the things you love.  

Why does all of this matter? Because, when the body moves with altered function, joint surfaces can wear unevenly, which can not only be painful, but may progress to joint damage and arthritis.  

Functional problems are easier to address than structural problems.  Soft tissues are more pliable and reactive to change than bony/joint structures.  Fix the muscular imbalances, improve joint mobility and strengthen what has become weak and you may avoid painful long term damage!

Cupping/Myofascial Decompression is one of the treatment options offered in Dr. Pierce's chiropractic and acupuncture practice.  Dr. Pierce believes that long term benefit from chiropractic care and/or acupuncture therapy requires a well-rounded approach.  Release restrictions in the muscle and fascia, restore joint mobility with the adjustment and joint mobilization and re-educate weak muscles to do their job and you will have greater results and learn how to prevent re injury! 

Release. Restore. Re-educate!  

'Tis the season. Feeling Merry? ... or Scary?

The holiday season brings with it feelings of good will, good spirit and great food.  Unfortunately, it also brings with it added stress of financial burdens, travel arrangements, deadlines and the aggravating relative or two.  Stress is not something to ignore or consider benign.   There is a distinct role for stress in causing hypertension, heart disease, ulcers, cancer, emotional illness and more.  While the holidays are meant to be a time filled with cheer and merriment, stress (to varying degrees) manages to poke it's ugly head and disrupt all the fun.  Have you ever heard of The ''Merry Christmas Coronary'' and ''Happy New Year Heart Attack'' Phenomenon? Simply put, studies have found that there are more cardiac related deaths on Christmas Day and New Years than any other day.   

Scary stuff.....But there's hope....





Let's now apply this new-found knowledge.  If you or someone you love has a tendency to be "high stress" or suffers with circulatory disease, it is important to diligently monitor stress-inducing situations and when possible avoid them.  By planning ahead and making wiser financial decisions when looking for that perfect gift, or perhaps not inviting crazy uncle so-and-so undue stress may be avoided.  If you are observing a stressful situation beginning to escalate, be the voice of reason and attempt to diffuse the situation before it gets out of hand.    

In addition to the added stress, the added calories and "adult beverages" are another concern.  If you're feeling content, skip the extra piece of pie and don't drink more than you're used to consuming. 


By thinking ahead and managing stress ahead of time, the holidays can be more enjoyable for all.  Plan your events ahead of time, call that pesky relative and hash it out over the phone before the family gathers, peel yourself off the warm cuddly couch for an hour and take a walk, stretch or meditate.  Take care of yourself!  


Acupuncture is a great way to combat stress year-round and help you find peace in a hectic world.  Acupuncture also helps relieve muscular tension and headaches, even digestive issues that may result from stress.  Take a time out and take care of yourself, so you can take care of everyone else's needs this holiday season!   To schedule a free consultation and find out if acupuncture or chiropractic are right for you, contact the doctor






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Core sculpting tip of the day:  Side plank + "clam shell"


Hips on the ground at first, then push both hips forward by engaging your glutes and obliques.  Your body should be straight as an arrow from knee to shoulder.  Easy? add the "clam shell" to activate your gluteus medius on the "up" side!  Start slow, if it hurts don't continue!

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