Dr. Travis Baker & his family
From growing up on a farm, competing and coaching sports, to meeting his wife, and having two girls, Dr. Travis Baker has given his all in everything he set it out to do.
Typically used in conjunction with acupuncture, cupping is used to treat musculoskeletal pain. Traditional cupping, uses heated glass cups. Dr. Baker soaks a cotton ball in alcohol with a pincer, lights it on fire, holds it in the cup, then removes it rapidly & applies the cup to your skin. This is also called, Flash-Fire cupping or ‘Shanhuofa’. The fire depressurizes the air, thus providing suctioning effect on your skin. The Flash-Fire cupping style is also similar to moxibustion therapy. If you look closely in the photo to your left you will see the ball of fire within the cup.
The second option of cupping is a modern twist on cupping. It involves a method of suction in which there is a valve constructed at the top of the cup. Dr. Baker will then use a small hand-operated suction pump that attaches securely to the valve. This pump allows him to control the suction level without relying on fire. This method is called ‘Banguanfa’.
The benefits of cupping is very unique because the technique literally “pulls things out” such as toxins and replaces it with fresh blood and oxygen from the suctioning effect. Therefore, the suction within the cup pulls your skin, muscles, fascia, and tissue vertically upward.
The cups are typically left on for 10-15 minutes. Your skin becomes reddened due to the congestion of blood flow. When it is time to remove the cups, Dr .Baker lightly presses on your skin to depressurize the cup and allows air to leak inside. This is a very simple process. Some redness from the cups is to be expected on your skin.
Most individuals who undergo cupping treatments at Balanced Body Acupuncture & Chiropractic in Omaha typically experience feelings of relaxation and revitalization. It’s an excellent treatment for those who suffer from the all-too-common stress and tension we hold in our neck and shoulders. Literally, the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Conditions Treated, but not limited to:
- Common Cold
- Chronic & Acute Bronchitis
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome
- Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Sore muscles
- Soft tissue injuries such as Hamstring and Quadriceps strain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Irregular Menstruation
- Uterine Cramps