What does muscle recovery have to do with “cupping therapy Miami”, any muscle head might ask. Well, you came to the right place to find out. Yeah I know, you wouldn’t think an acupuncture Miami blog can really help you with increasing muscle size. I mean most acupuncturists don’t know the difference between a superset and a supersized combo at your local burger joint. But I bet you didn’t know that a lot of athletes seeking to improve their muscle recovery have a secret weapon, and it’s called cupping therapy.
How traditional ways of muscle building and recovery can bring some nasty side-effects
Bodybuilders know that to grow muscle they must overload the muscle with heavy weight to failure and let the muscle recover from this intense punishment to the muscle. Usually, they increase their protein intake up to 1.5 grams per pound of body weight. But what else can they do to increase muscle faster? Supplements like Creatine have been a staple of the high-intensity athletes for a while now. Creatine supplements have been proven to increase high-intensity anaerobic repetitive work to up to 15%. That’s great but with it comes some side effects too.
Side effects of Creatine supplementation.
- Weight gain due to water retention.
- Muscle cramps pulled and strain muscles,
- High blood pressure
To be completely fair creatine is usually safe and research does not point to major issues, that being said, athletes and bodybuilder enthusiasts suffering from kidney disease or high blood pressure should stay away from this supplement. We are not here to suggest not to take supplements because we do believe some give you great results. But always see to check if is right for you.
Our thoughts on anabolic steroids to speed muscle recovery and increase size.
Anabolic steroids are a synthetic imitation of the male hormone testosterone. With steroids, we have the most power and fastest way to increase strength. They work so well at increasing muscle that they are prescribed to cancer and AIDS patients to prevent muscle loss. But don’t get too excited with it, as it also comes with a ton of problems and health issues.
Short term effects of “Roids” as some call them can be paranoia, increase jealousy, and extreme mood swings called Roid Rage. Some people have killed because of Roid Rage and not only that, most are illegal. You will go to jail or prison if you messed with these drugs!
If you thought that was the worst, its health issues are even worst. Abusing steroids can have permanent extreme health problems. Here is a list of some:
- Kidney failure
- Liver damage
- Enlarged heart
- High blood pressure
- Increase heart attacks and problems
- In males, it can shrink testicles
- Stop in the menstrual cycle in women or disrupting it
- Baldness in males & females
- Increase the risk of Prostate cancer
So can cupping therapy help muscle recovery and increase muscle?
The way cupping therapy in Miami works for muscle recovery is by stretching and contracting the muscle skin, increasing blood circulation and decreasing stiffness. It can also increase the flow of proteins to the damage area/muscle. It will also help restore the flow of Qi. We believe that blood flow is a natural way of healing muscle tearing. When you lift heavy weights or intense exercise, your body thinks it’s injured–it doesn’t know you are trying to grow muscle. The body then sends an inflammatory response sending antibodies to the affected area.
Bottom line: cupping therapy has been around for thousands of years, give it a try and judge for yourself. You can added as a tool with the rest of your muscle recovery process. There is no need to worry about side effects, besides the red cupping marks like Michael Phelps has been known to sport, there are no physical or physiological negative effects.
Contact Dr. David Sontag’s Acupuncture Miami Wellness Clinic for more information today!