Cupping Therapy for Varicose and Spider Veins

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bambooVaricose and spider veins are the raised, unsightly lines and marks that you see on your legs. While varicose veins may appear darker in color, spider veins are reddish and lighter. Although varicose and spider veins are not harmful, patients prefer to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons.

Conventional methods used to eliminate them involve injections and laser treatments that are not just painful, but might need you to take multiple sessions until you’re completely happy with results. You might also need to take time off from work and your day-to-day activities to schedule appointments with therapists and recuperation.

Cupping therapy, on the other hand, is a far safer and effective method to treat this condition involving no down time.

I recommend this LURE Silicone Cupping Set for massage cupping. The cups are affordable and will easily glide across your skin. 

Why Varicose and Spider Veins Occur

Varicose and spider veins occur due to a number of factors such as pregnancy, aging, running, high impact aerobics, obesity, weight training, and spending long hours in a hot tub and the sun. One of the principal causes is regularly spending over six hours on your feet and women are more prone to having them as compared to men. Varicose and spider veins are most likely to appear between the ages of 30 and 50.

You have two kinds of veins in your legs, the veins in the deeper tissues and those lying just below your skin. Veins have valves in them because of which they can direct blood back to the heart. When you spend long hours on your feet, more blood is forced into your legs because of which the valves cannot function, as they should. As a result, the walls of the veins become wider and swell. The blood flowing back into the veins causes varicose veins. The pressure in the veins also causes spider veins that look like bruises.

How Does Cupping Therapy Help

Cupping therapists use a form of the treatment called gliding cupping or massage cupping to treat this condition. As suction is created around the veins, fresh blood, lymph and oxygen rushes through the veins. This new supply forces away the old and deoxygenated blood cells. In this way; the swelling is reduced and you will notice that the dark appearance of the veins begins to lighten. The debris of old blood is naturally eliminated by the body.

What does the Procedure Involve

A gliding or massage cupping session involves these steps:

  1. Therapeutic massage or essential oils are applied to the affected area.
  2. A flexible, silicone cup is placed on the skin and squeezed. As the pressure on the cup is released, it creates a vacuum because of which the skin and tissues are drawn into the cup.
  3. The cup is gently moved over the skin in circular or zigzagging movements. If the veins are too big, the therapist will move the cup on the tissue around them. This movement helps to ease the fluid collected below the veins that pushes them upwards. For smaller veins, the cup can be moved very gently over them.
  4. The therapist takes care to begin at the ankles, slowly working her way upwards. This precaution is essential so that the built up blood and other fluids are pushed away from the swollen veins. In this way, the therapy also helps prevent the appearance of spider veins in the future.
  5. Each affected area is massaged in a similar way for about 10 to 15 minutes. If the condition is not too severe, you will notice an almost immediate lightening of the veins. However, more severe varicose veins may need additional sessions.

Gliding or massage cupping typically does not cause pain. You’re only likely to feel a warm, not unpleasant sensation as they cup moves over your skin. As with all cupping therapy, you should drink lots of fluids to help flush out the toxins and debris released by the cells.

While many people perform cupping therapy on themselves, we recommend receiving the proper training first or using the services of a trained cupping professional or massage therapist.

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References:
1. http://www.mira-dynamics.com/how-to-use-mira-massage-cups/cupping-therapy-for-varicose-veins/
2. http://www.bellabaci.com/5-steps-to-spider-vein-free-legs-2/
3. https://www.facebook.com/BellabaciInternational/posts/514520285268140
4. http://www.circulationfoundation.org.uk/help-advice/veins/