Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a trained therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Cupping and acupuncture are similar in that they both promote re-balancing the body by drawing blood flow to areas of the body that are experiencing inflammation, prone to low lymphatic circulation or experiencing poor blood flow. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove heat and pull out the toxins that buildup and linger in your body’s tissues.
What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping involves the use of cups applied to a patient’s back in a series of positions in order to produce suction. The vacuum effect targets areas of skin and deep tissue within the back, which is beneficial for dulling pain, breaking up deep scar tissue, and relaxing tender muscles or connective tissue. In this way, cupping is almost like the opposite of getting a massage since instead of applying pressure to swollen areas, it draws pressure out. For this reason, cupping is often done in patients who experience chronic lower back pain, muscle knots, tightness due to anxiety, swelling or stiffness.
The most popular technique for cupping, called “dry cupping” or “fire cupping,” involves a trained practitioner first placing cups on the patients back and then carefully heating the cups. The hot cups are sealed off and held in place for several minutes on the patient’s back while they cool down, which produces a vacuum effect. The cups contract while on the patient’s skin, causing suctioning, stretching out skin tissue and improving blood flow while facilitating healing.
Who can benefit from Therapeutic Cupping?
Cupping healers throughout the years have successfully treated a variety of symptoms and diseases that couldn’t be cured by conventional methods, including pulmonary tuberculosis, colds, back pains, muscle spasms and pinched nerves. Traditionally cupping has also been used in patients with blood disorders (like anemia), rheumatic diseases like arthritis, fertility problems and mental illnesses.
What we do know from scientific studies that have been done is that cupping works by expanding the capillaries and increasing the amount of fluid entering and leaving tissues. Besides this, cupping therapy seems to provoke a relaxation response in some people, which means it’s useful for lowering stress and its negative effects. One of the biggest advantages to trying alternative practices like cupping therapy, acupuncture or massage therapy is that these methods don’t pose the risk for unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery do.
Types conditions that can benefit from Cupping Therapy include:
- Respiratory infections
- Blood disorders, such as anemia and hemophilia
- Joint pain caused by arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Muscle aches and stiffness
- Fertility and gynecological disorders
- Skin problems such as herpes, eczema and acne
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Mental disorders, anxiety and depression
- Food allergies and asthma
- Varicose veins and cellulite
If you are interested in learning more about Cupping Therapy, or believe that it may be helpful to improving your condition, call Toledo’s Cupping Therapy experts at 3D Wellness today at (419) 367-1417.
FAKTR: Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab
FAKTR Therapy is a revolutionary new way to approach rehabilitation following injury or surgery. FAKTR based therapy programs incorporate the latest research and evidence-based soft-tissue techniques into a comprehensive protocol to treat common disorders of the musculoskeletal system and complicated injuries quickly and easily with impressive results. The co-developers utilized their training in a variety of soft tissue techniques including instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization to develop a concept that included function and treatment of the kinetic chain while utilizing various forms of rehabilitation at the same time.
This unique approach to treating in the position of provocation (pain, loss of range of motion, feeling of tightness within the fascia/soft tissues) and during motion sets FAKTR-certified providers in a class all their own. FAKTR incorporates all of the above variations to evaluate and treat soft tissue/fascial conditions. These concepts are quick to apply, easy to grasp and produce rapid results for patients in need of an intensive rehabilitation program.
What conditions can FAKTR treat?
FAKTR can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions including tendinopathy, sprains, strains, entrapment syndromes, fascial restrictions such as plantar fasciitis, ITB syndrome, myofascial pain syndromes, adhesive capsulitis, shin splints and post-surgical recovery. This list of conditions that can be treated with FAKTR protocols are too numerous to list here, but the treatment providers at 3D Wellness have seen incredible results from these treatments in a wide variety of applications.
Who is the ideal patient for FAKTR?
While FAKTR is a great way to treat athletes quickly, the concept can be applied to all ages and all body types. FAKTR is excellent for those involved in auto accidents, work related injuries, sports injuries, as well as post-surgical work, including joint replacement and those with implants or prosthetics.
If you are recovering from injury, surgery or have a musculoskeletal disease that could benefit from a new approach to recovery and rehabilitation, then 3D Wellness’ FAKTR based therapy program may be right for you. Call Toledo’s expert team at 3D Wellness today at (419) 367-1417 to schedule your first visit now.
NeuroKinetic Therapy Toledo from 3D Wellness
NeuroKinetic Therapy is based on the premise that when an injury has occurred, certain muscles shut down or become inhibited, forcing other muscles to become overworked. This compensation pattern can create pain or tightness. By applying light pressure that the client then resists, the practitioner can evaluate the strength or weakness of each muscle, revealing the sources of injury and retraining the client’s body to remove these compensation patterns—reprogramming the body at the neural level and removing the impediment to rehabilitation.
NeuroKinetic therapy It gets to the root of chronic and acute muscular tightness and pain, relieving it through working with the motor control center of the brain itself. It has been shown to bring almost instant results and is very effective in correcting misalignment and poor posture, preventing injury, and enhancing athletic performance, particularly after surgery or injury. NeuroKinetic Therapy is a powerful healing methodology that can be used both as an assessment tool and as a rehabilitative technique, and is appropriate in a variety of therapeutic applications.
- Injuries caused by trauma or impact (such as car accidents)
- Low back pain
- Neck and jaw pain (including whiplash and TMJ)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Injuries including strains, tears and pulls (in the shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, wrists, etc.)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bursitis and tendonitis
- Pain caused by improper form and compensations developed during athletics/exercise
The primary goal of NKT is to reduce pain and tension in overworked muscles, which become damaged and fatigued due to learned compensation patterns. Soft tissue manipulations can help to stretch painful or tight areas and even correct posture, but in a short period memories stored in the MCC might cause tightness and pain to come back as the “strong muscle” continues to overcompensate for the weaker.
Neurokinetic therapy is often used to help treat patients recovering from accidents, trauma or impact, and athletic injuries. This can include neck strains, whiplash, concussions and spinal problems that cause back pain. Due to compensations/overuse, accidents are commonly tied to headaches/migraines, bulging discs, nerve damage, numbness and trouble sleeping.
To learn more about NeuroKinetic Therapy and how you may be able to benefit, call 3D Wellness today at (419) 367-1417 to learn more or schedule your initial consultation.
Kinesio Taping or (K-Taping) affects the circulatory/lymphatic, neural, muscular, and fascial systems, as well as the joints. Kinesio Taping is currently being used by the 3D Wellness team to change muscle tone, move lymphatic fluids, correct movement patterns, and improve posture. Kinesio Tape, if properly applied as part of a regular therapeutic routine, can be used for virtually anything from chronic pain to menstrual cramps.
What is Kinesio Taping?
It may help to know what Kinesio Tex tape is. Kinesio Tex tape is made of 100% elastic fibers that are latex free. You may notice a wave-like pattern, which is purposely put on the tape to mimic fingerprints and allows the tape to breathe. The tape itself only stretches on the longitudinal axis.
Kinesio tape can be a huge asset for athletes. Kinesio tape can be applied in the middle of workouts or events in the case of sudden injury. The Kinesio tape is extremely strong and can be applied with different tension strengths. Many therapists will use different tensile strengths and techniques to allow the muscles and ligaments to have “help” when injury occurs. The tape essentially stabilizes an area, for example the shoulder, to prevent any further damage.
The great thing about the Kinesio tape is that it still allows for range of motion, just not so much that you are likely to injure yourself further. It is an especially helpful tool in injury recovery and rehabilitation, as it can help stabilize the joint, reduce strain on the rehabilitating muscle, and also promote correct body movement during rehab.
Who can benefit from Kinesio Taping Therapy?
Originally designed for athletes to improve performance and increase the effectiveness of manipulation therapy, like massage therapy, Kinesio taping has now been used successful in a variety of therapy applications. It has become an excellent tool for therapists, trying to correct the position and movement of body parts — a classic example is trying to make kneecaps slide more evenly.
Kinesio Taping Therapy has been shown to help improve a variety of structural and musculoskeletal conditions, including:
Acute Soft Tissue Injuries
- Muscle Strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Bruising or Hematoma
- Muscle Weakness
- Hypotonia - Low Muscle Tone
Joint Proprioception Retraining
- Joint Alignment and Maltracking
- Joint instability or Hypermobility
- Poor Posture: Round Shoulders, Slouched Spine
- Scapular Instability (SICK)
Bone Injuries and Breaks
- Post-fracture support
- Teno-periosteal support (Shin Splints)
- Adolescent Growing Pains
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
Swelling and Edema
- Joint Swelling
If you suffer from any of the above conditions, or would like more information about 3D Wellness’ Kinesio Taping therapy program, call us today at (419) 367-1417 to schedule your initial consultation now.
Many injuries and the restriction of movement that follows are due to problems with the nervous system. If the nerves are damaged or underperforming, your body can experience a lack of mobility and agility, not to mention inflammation and impairment of other bodily systems. Most corresponding treatments are expensive and time-consuming, and while sometimes effective, can include drawbacks that are better avoided. The good news is that a new therapy has been developed which is simple to use and focuses specifically on the nerves, known as ANF, or Amino Neuro Frequency Therapy.
How ANF Works
Amino Neuro Frequency Therapy is surprisingly simple. Thin metal discs are applied directly to your skin which transmit neuro frequencies to your nervous system, starting the self-regulating, self-healing process immediately. Because your body has up to 15 million different electrical and chemical signals throughout the pathways of nerves, ANF Therapy’s ability to control and redirect the neuro frequencies through nervous system signalization can improve the function of multiple body systems, including your immune system, allowing for more efficient use of your defense system’s resources.
ANF Therapy Benefits
Many therapists see the value in this innovative therapeutic approach and have noted several advantages to its use. Often clients experience instant improvements, decreasing inflammation and eliminating free radicals and toxins. Other benefits include:
- Pain reduction
- Improved gland and organ functioning
- Increased performance and endurance
- Anti-bacterial and non-chemical
Amino Neuro Frequency is a safe and simple treatment for all ages. Whether you’re an athlete or just someone looking for easier, effective therapy, you’ll be able to experience numerous, noticeable changes to put your body back on the road to health.