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Cupping in Edmonton

cupping therapyCupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that has gained renewed popularity in recent years. This technique involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, which can lead to noticeable marks. You may have noticed those purple marks on Michael Phelps’ back during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. These marks are a normal response to the increased blood flow to the area, one of the benefits of this practice.

How Does It Work?

This type of alternative medicine can be divided into two methods: dry and wet. Dry cupping solely relies on suction, while wet cupping combines suction with small skin pricks to draw out a small amount of blood.

The exact mechanism of the technique’s therapeutic effects is still being explored, but several theories exist. The suction may increase blood flow to the area, promoting healing and reducing inflammation. Cupping may also stimulate the nervous system, relieving pain and improving muscle relaxation.

What Are Some Benefits?

Cupping therapy may help with the following:

  • Pain Management: If you experience chronic pain, particularly muscle and joint pain like low back pain, neck pain, and headaches, cupping may provide relief as it improves circulation and reduces inflammation.
  • Sports Injuries: Athletes use the therapy to promote healing after injuries and improve muscle recovery.
  • Respiratory Issues: Cupping may help alleviate congestion and coughing associated with colds and flu.
  • Skin Conditions: Some studies suggest this form of alternative medicine may improve the appearance of cellulite and promote wound healing.
  • Stress and Anxiety: Cupping therapy’s relaxation and improved circulation may contribute to a sense of well-being and reduced stress.

Who Shouldn’t Have the Therapy?

Although cupping is considered safe under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional like our acupuncturist Dr. Zakia Akodadi, it’s not suitable for everyone. If you have a bleeding disorder or skin issue or are pregnant, you should seek medical advice before getting the therapy.

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Get to Know Dr. Zakia Akodadi

Originally from Morocco, Dr. Zakia completed her Doctor of General Medicine at Hassan II University of Medicine and Pharmacy in 2005. She served as both a physician and the head of a health center in Morocco until 2015, specializing in medical consultations, epidemiological monitoring, and maternity care.

In 2014, Dr. Zakia moved to Canada, where she expanded her skill set by studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine at MacEwan University, graduating in 2020. In addition to cupping, her practice integrates various therapeutic techniques such as electro-acupuncture, Gua Sha, Tuina massage, and Moxibustion, focusing on a holistic blend of Western and Eastern medicine.

Schedule a Consultation

If you want to explore how cupping therapy could benefit you, contact Oxford Wellness Clinic today to book a consultation with Dr. Zakia!



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