It was very beautiful day yesterday and I couldn't resist to play outside. Never played tennis before, I decided to drive to one of the tennis court near me. The summer class is not open yet and the only thing I can do is to play against wall;)
I had few injuries from playing sports before:
Now back to tennis. I spoke to the tennis coach about my injuries-knee, arm and shoulder. He chuckles-good luck;)
Here I am-played about an hour of tennis yesterday on my own. I sensed a little bit burning pain while playing. Last night, I couldn't lift my right arm and the pain costed me some sleep;(( My right knee was ok. So this morning I decided to try the Traditional Chinese Medicine-cupping.
Professional physical therapy is very helpful, but sometimes it's not convenient (costs, time, etc). Home DIY therapy is always better. I can do it at any time and don't need to make any schedule, stuck in traffic etc. When I moved to the US, my dad bought me a set of Chinese Cupping. You actually can find it on Amazon I believe. It's very inexpensive and you can do it yourself.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Cupping is done with glass cups and heat (burn piece of paper or alcohol). I had done it plenty times when I was in China. The issue with traditional cupping is you need to burn a paper to generate heat so that when you put cups on skin, it sucks skin into cups. If not done properly, it could burn your skin due to heat. The new version of Cupping tool is a much better one-you can do it by yourself and don't have to worry about skin burning issue.
Many celebrities use Chinese cupping to detoxify and relax their body and release pain. Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham are big fans of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It normally works great for issues like stress, muscle pain, soft tissue injuries, etc.
Here's what I did-I use Chinese medicine-cupping for pain caused by tennis elbow and shoulder:
1. Find the spots that hurt
If you have any professional instructions from Traditional Chinese medicine doctors or self-guided books, that would be ideal.
2. Choose the right cup size-for elbow area, I use smaller cups and sometimes need silicon band to help secure the cup on skin.
3. Put cup on spot 1. Follow the instruction to suck the air out. You should feel skin being pinched, a bit intense. Stop contracting air until you can't handle it. It feels a little bit better after few minutes. It takes about 10-15 minutes for each session. You can do multiple spots at once. Or do it one by one.
(it does look like I have been attacked by someone;))
4. Normally you do cupping daily until you don't need it any more.
I did feel much better after cupping. It helps me to release the pain quickly without taking any medicines. There's no side effects as compared to pain killer pills.
Have you ever tried any Traditional Chinese medicine in your life? Please share your experience in comments.