Travis J. Edwards is the Vice President of Operations, Certified Cupping Therapist, and PTA at Fort Collins Physical Therapy. Travis worked at Fort Collins Physical Therapy as a technician and physical therapy aid for 3 years before returning to school. Travis graduated with an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Concorde Career College in the Physical Therapy Assistant class of 2019. Throughout the last 4 years, he has worked with patients suffering from Parkinson’s, stroke, multiple sclerosis, orthopedic surgery prehab/rehab, and various sports-related injuries. Travis’s passion began as a technician when he saw the change, he was making in patient’s lives and how rewarding it felt to help the people around him get back to normal. In his spare time, Travis enjoys weight lifting, working out, camping, traveling, videogames, and relaxing on the beach with his family!

Fort Collins Physical Therapy and Sports Center offers cupping therapy, a treatment that is designed to improve circulation within the muscles, which provides more oxygen and nutrients to the treatment areas. You’ll love the release of tension that cupping can provide, and you’ll notice a better overall feeling at the sites of cupping, as well as better overall health, mood, and energy. If you’re curious about cupping or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can also learn more about cupping, the benefits of cupping, and the safety of cupping below.

What Is Cupping?

In cupping therapy, your therapist will use specially designed cups and a heat source to create negative pressure within the cup as it is applied on the surface of the body. This negative pressure pulls skin and muscle tissue towards the surface, which has a number of benefits for the patient (feel free to read more about the benefits of cupping below).

Used for centuries, the technique of cupping is non-invasive, hypoallergenic, and non-chemical. The administration of cupping itself is therapeutically beneficial, involving gentle palpation to locate treatment points and to attach and remove the cups. There are no major side-effects and any slight discoloration of the skin that occurs due to the suction is temporary and will resolve immediately up to a few days following treatment.

Cupping is a safe, effective, and soothing method of promoting relief, recovery, and restoration of muscles and tissues that are injured or sore from athletic, occupational, or daily activity.

Specialized cups gently charged with air suction are placed on the skin on key points and regions of affected body parts. The suction gently yet effectively provides myofascial release and stimulation, lifting the skin slightly away from underlying muscles, nerves, vessels, and other tissues to help circulate blood and lymph, remove byproducts and toxins, and replace nutrients and fresh bodily fluids.

The Benefits of Cupping

Loosened muscles: Cupping releases the fascia, which encloses muscles and tissue, giving your muscles more room to stretch and grow. That’s helpful for those with tight muscles, muscle tension, and sore muscles.

Improved blood flow: Cupping pulls away old blood cells and toxins, while opening up the capillaries beneath the surface of the skin. This stimulates new cell growth in both the muscles and skin, while bringing fluids to the surface that can otherwise be damaging. Improved blood flow will also provide more oxygen and nutrients to muscles and skin.

Stress relief: Cupping has a sedative effect on nerves, which helps to relieve tension. Cupping can be used on tense muscles to release that tension, and it can be used on the back and neck to relieve pains and even mitigate the chances of having a migraine.

Back and neck pain relief: Those suffering from back and/or neck pain may experience relief through cupping. Again, cupping helps to release tense muscles, while sedating nerves and promoting new cell growth. All of these factors help to relieve pain in problematic areas.

Improved overall mood: Overall, patients may feel less anxious, more relaxed, and less fatigued after a cupping session. In addition, patients tend to feel better overall.

Skin conditions: Cupping may be helpful in treating skin conditions like acne and cellulite. Cupping may reduce cellulite by removing fatty deposits beneath the skin tissue. Cupping may reduce acne by improving overall circulation and by reducing a patient’s stress.

Is Cupping Safe?

Cupping is a low-risk therapy, with few possible side-effects. Patients may feel mild discomfort and may experience temporary burns and bruising. Skin infection is possible in rare cases.

A Note About Cupping Bruises

Bruising is a natural part of the cupping process. Patients will exhibit bruises after cupping, and bruises may be light (showing little change), red, dark red, blue, or purple, depending on the patient and the fluid released in the process. Patients will have bruises from cupping that will last for a matter of days. Bruises should not last more than two weeks. Since your skin may be sensitive for a brief time, it is recommended that you refrain from hot showers, hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, bathing in hot water, sunbathing, and similar conditions for 24 to 48 hours. Also, refrain from heavy meals and intense exercises during this timeframe. Be sure to drink plenty of water to improve blood flow and flush out toxins at the treated areas.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Release tension, boost your circulation, and improve your overall health and mood with cupping! Ask your practitioner about the pain relief, recovery promotion, and restoration of energy that can be achieved from this simple yet effective therapy, and schedule an appointment at our Fort Collins office today!