Lung Clearing

Sound too good to be true? Well lets talk about it a little bit and you see what you think about it. For those of you who are not aware I am one of only a few people in the state of Minnesota who perform a technique in massage and bodywork called Medi-Cupping or also referred to as Vacuum Therapy. The general idea is that unlike most bodywork where compressing the tissue aids in release of tissue suction is used.  This can produce some of the same results as deep tissue but without the pain. One of greatest benefits of this technique beyond soft tissue therapy is detoxification. Detox is a big buzz word right now which is often associated with things like foot baths and intestinal cleanses. My Vacuum Therapy can be used to specifically target the lungs to aid in physically removing toxins from the lung tissue from a number of sources including: cigarettes, cigars, anaesthesia, industrial products, vehicle exhaust and more. Treatments can last anywhere from one hour for relatively healthy lungs to a series of treatments totaling five hours depending on accumulated or continuous exposures.

You might be asking how could you physically remove toxins from lung tissue? In the least technical terms possible the lungs can become coated with the everything we breath in including smoke and chemicals and toxins. Though our body does have natural filters to help prevent some of this lets be honest…humans have created things well all know our bodies where never made to handle. From an anatomical perspective our lungs are soft pliable bags which (with the help of our muscles) pull air in and push back out. When our lungs become coasted with “stuff” it can make is harder to breath by making the “bag” more ridged causing diminished lung capacity. 

For people like smokers or firefighters this can be a very useful treatment. In cause you did not know the American Lung Association did a great article on how the body can slowly start to heal after quitting smoking. In the article they talk about how the body spends over five years slowly replacing damaged tissue. Though the lungs will never be as they were before you started smoking it does explain that your body can (under the right conditions) start of repair itself to the best of its ability given the chance. My Vacuum Therapy can help that healing process.

If you would like to know more please contact me. I am only one of three in Minnesota of all the bodyworkers and massage therapist who use this method of treatment. And if your female and looking to try this treatment its very easy to work over a sports bra and still get effective results.

Legal Disclaimer: Due to the litigious nature of many people I am forced to issue this statement: Any information contained within blogs, websites, postings, or news articles suggestions which I make to be open for interpretation that if you believe it may fit a concern or medical problem you may be having or suspect that you may have that you discuss it with your qualified healthcare practitioner including your physician. I do not take responsibility in any way for any content provided to you that you choose to act on without talking to a medical doctor or other qualified medical practitioner with legal standing of authority. You are free to act on any information from any source that you choose of which the consequences are your responsibility.

Cupping Therapy

Have you ever heard of cupping therapy? If you have then great you will find this to be a great fast read! For those of you who have not heard of cupping before prepare for an interesting read this entry is worth sharing. I will be discussing what cupping therapy is and in general terms when cupping therapy could be used. Finally, I will talk about some times when cupping is not the right choice for you. 

So what is cupping? Cupping is a very old and generally accepted method of treatment for a range of soft tissue problems using the power of suction to draw out scare tissue deep within the body, a detox jumpstart, and a connective tissue therapy. Using “cups” made of glass, plastic, silicon, ceramic, and even bamboo they are attached to the body by suction. It is this sustained suction that has a therapeutic effect. Suction is achieved several ways of which I will touch on two here. One, a small ball of cotton is lit on fire and the cup is placed over it for only a moment to change the air pressure inside the cup. This method is called “fire cupping” and is the oldest method. The second method is generally called the vacuum method achieves suction by use of a hand pump or vacuum pump to create suction. 

So what is cupping good for? Well, in general cupping is a nonaggressive and relaxing way to receive a treatment. Cups do not apply pressure downward into the body but lift the skin and tissue up so painful pressure points are avoided well providing relief. Those with fibromyalgia find this treatment actually quite relaxing and beneficial. Cupping is good to help lymphatic drainage and to remove scarring and tension when within the connective tissue of this is often a great treatment for range of motion problems in the shoulders, neck, back, and legs. The straightness also well-known as a great detoxifier of the body but usually it is not the full focus of the session.

In rare cases cupping therapy is not recommended if you feel that you were unsure about if it is right for you please let me know via email or by making a phone appointment and I'll be happy to discuss your particular case. In general cupping therapy is not recommended for those who are pregnant (some exceptions can be made for the legs especially in the area of the IT band). Cupping therapy is also not recommended for those with any broken skin. Anyone who is on blood thinners, medical device implants including pacemakers or those with lymphatic cancer’s.

I hope everyone has found this to be educational and also a little fun please contact me if you have anymore questions. Please go to my website: TonySchwartzBodywork.com or call me at 612-202-2531 for more information. Bodywork and massage is my life and I love it and I will see you on the table.

Legal Disclaimer: Due to the litigious nature of many people I am forced to issue this statement: Any information contained within blogs, websites, postings, or news articles are at best suggestions which I make to be open for interpretation that if you believe it may fit a concern or medical problem you may be having or suspect that you may have that you discuss it with your qualified healthcare practitioner including your physician. I do not take responsibility in any way for any content provided to you that you choose to act on without talking to a medical doctor or other qualified medical practitioner with legal standing of authority. You are free to act on any information from any source that you choose of which the consequences are your sole responsibility.