Written by: Melanie Talastas-Soriano BA-Kin, CAT(C)
Stretching is an activity that most people do not practice as much as lifting weights and performing cardio workouts. It is probably the most underrated activity because in general, people do not see the benefits of stretching. Learning human anatomy stresses the movements and functions of each individual muscle in the body. The most important aspect of human anatomy is that the body is design to move, to bend left and right, to rotate and to bend forward and back. Every single joint from the neck to the ankle joint bend side to side, left and right and rotate.
Most people that come into our clinic expressed that they do not know how to stretch and for how long and when to do the stretches. With stretching parameters, it will depend on the nature of what you do throughout the day.
Understanding your daily activities at your workplace or home will determine which body part or stretches you need to do for balance so you can continue doing what you need and love to do. The goal of stretching is not to be flexible but to loosen muscle tension so your muscles and joints continue to function properly.
Benefits of stretching:
There are different types of stretching style that you can adapt to your regular regimen. It could be full body flow like in yoga, or full body and specific joint/muscle stretches. If you’re a beginner in stretching, 5-10 minutes to start will be a good enough first step to take. In addition, here is a list of what to expect when you stretch.
What to expect:
If you are needing a stretching program or want to learn more about how to start stretching, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Also, we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel where you can find our Stretch Friday segments that you can follow along to. I hope this helps you understand the benefit of stretching and that you are starting your stretching journey today!
Written by: Naomi Kornelsen BSc, CAT(C)
Dry cupping is the more popular method of cupping in North America and is done without the removal of blood. The traditional form of cupping is done by having a flammable substance, for example paper, placed inside the cup and then lit on fire.
Once the fire is extinguished the cup is turned upside down and placed on the skin. As the air cools inside the cup a suction is formed and the skin is pulled into the cup and blood is drawn towards the skin. The modern version of cupping is done by using a plastic or glass cup and a pump in order to create the suction.
Cupping is used for:
After treatment you may notice markings on your skin. These are often thought to be bruises, and although they have similar looks, they do not bring about the tenderness that a bruise does. The mark that is left behind after a cupping session is actually an ecchymosis mark. Essentially, this is old blood that has been sitting for a while that is being drawn to the surface to allow for the flow of new blood to come through the area of treatment. This allows toxins to be drawn out, broken down and removed from the body. Ecchymosis marks last anywhere from 2-7 days usually but can vary depending on length of treatment.
If you have any further questions or are interested in learning more about cupping and how it can work for you, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your next cupping session.
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