You might wonder what the round-shaped bruises on Michael Phelps’ back were. He is known as the most successful and most decorated Olympian. The bruises were from cupping therapy, which is frequently performed in Asian Medicine to reduce pain and muscle spasm by applying negative pressure on certain spots.
Meta clinic provides the same cupping therapy but, without leaving the ‘pepperoni’ like marks. We are using an Interferential Therapy (IFT) machine instead of traditional suction cupping cups.
According to the IFT organization, IFT utilizes the physiological effects of low frequency (@<250pps) electrical stimulation to the nerves without the associated pain and somewhat unpleasant side effects sometimes associated with electrical stimulation therapy. The National Institute of Health (NIH) recognizes such benefits from a therapeutic machine that generates IFT as they state, “Interferential current as a supplement to another intervention seems to be more effective for reducing pain than a control treatment at discharge and more effective than a placebo treatment at the 3-month follow-up.”
Indications of IFT are:
- Chronic or acute Muscle Pain
- Muscle spasm
- Muscle weakness
- Trigger spots in myofascial syndrome