My friend came over after getting acupuncture because she wanted to show me her back. It was covered in round purple bruises. I told her it look like bologna. It looked very strange to me! What is the purpose of this technique and what is it called?
NO treatment from a chiropractor should result in bruising. There is something wrong with that treatment. I've gone to a chiropractor for years and have NEVER been bruised. She needs to find another practitioner.
The thing is, I don't know if they are actually bruises or just look like bruises. She said they didn't hurt but I haven't really talked to her about it since. She made it sound like it was supposed to cause the spots.
Is it possible that she got cupping done? I don't really know anything about it, but what I do know is that they put a cup on the body and the suction leaves sort of a hickey-type mark on the skin. Maybe her acupuncturist also does this technique?
I wonder too! I first heard of it several years ago when an entertainment program showed a photo of Gwyneth Paltrow with some round bruises on her back and they mentioned the practice of cupping. I thought it sounded crazy, but I have to think of all the things I do now that sounds crazy to other people! LOL
I read up on it a bit and apparently it comes from Chinese medicine. There isn't a lot of evidence to suggest that it does much, except for personal anecdotes. People say it helps relieve arthritis and congestion. I don't think I'll be trying it anytime soon.
I have seen this before. Either it was done incorrectly or your friend could have a medical issue. I had a friend who was tired all the time so she went to get acupuncture. She ended up with the same bruises. I urged her to go to the doctor and it turns out she was tired because she was anemic, which is why she bruised so easily. That doesn't mean that is what is going on in this case, but I wouldn't take chances.