Computer related injuries and discomfort are not entirely different from the type of problem confronting top atheletes like Michael Phelps. What we’re talking about is the stress arising from repetitive movement. Below, I’ll discuss a bit about what repetitive stress does to the structure and then discuss how cupping helps.
Before going into any talk about Mouse Shoulder and cupping there’s a basic matter of posture and ergonomics that must be considered. Improper posture that tweaks the neck or places the head and shoulder in a prolonged position of strain will not portend well for any type of treatment, be it needles, physical therapy, or chiropractic. This is to say that not all repetitive stress is the same, and stress that arises from a basic misalignment of structure, including muscles and tendons is a problem in itself that requires the assistance of an ergonomic specialist who can help you in evaluating your workspace and habits. Here’s a simple guide for starters.
Muscle Groups Cupped
Cupping is appropriate for juicy muscles: the detoids, traps, and erector spinae in cases of mouse shoulder. These areas are a storehouse of stress, manifest in the form of tightness, tingling, numbness, and impaired range of motion. Neurological symptoms are often the result of poorly circulating blood. Cupping actively circulates the blood at the tissue layer to alleviate neurological symptoms of this nature.
Cupping works through suction. In places where the blood is stuck, hickeys of varying shades of red can form. Only cups can draw deep into large muscle groups. They are not only drawing stagnant blood to the surface for oxygenation but also overstimulating the nerves on the skin. Once the cups are removed, a great sense of release is felt, which allows the muscles to relax even more. A similar line of thinking lies behind the use of TENS or electro-stim with needles, only in the case of cupping the stimulation is mechanical as opposed to electrical.
How Long Does It Take?
Cupping for computer shoulder can be done in as few as 15 minutes. About a 1/2 hr is normal. Relief should be instantaneous. Sometimes it may take a day or two, as the blood works its way through the congestion. Cupping isn’t done more than once every 10 days. It depends on how quickly the marks fade and the effects of the initial treatment. Cupping may be combined with Chinese massage, acupuncture, or infrared light. In that case, sessions are longer.
First Things First.
The first thing to do with chronic shoulder pain is to diagnose its cause. Only then is it possible to know the suitability of cupping in recovery. The data are very convincing regarding the helpfulness of cupping for shoulder pain. However, cases that involve the wear-and-tear of mouse shoulder will respond much more favorably than shoulder pain associated with menopause, for example. If shoulder pain is bilateral, then there may be some blood sugar and adrenal-related factors. The point is a diagnosis is necessary to apprehend the scope of care necessary for resolving any condition, mouse shoulder included.