My children have been extra needy these last few weeks, demanding to be held. Which I totally do not mind because they are pretty cute! Add in some yard work and the fact that I have been using my arms a little extra at work the last few weeks and I am left with a sore shoulder.
Luckily I have all the tools in my arsenal to help! I did some cupping. Michael Phelps was the one who made the technique famous but it has been used in eastern medicine for ages! This article has some compelling evidence that cupping may be beneficial for pain control and improved quality of life. The down side is it leaves some nasty bruising.
Luckily for me I have OILS!
A 2013 review found helichrysum to have anti-hematomal properties. If quickly applied, the essential oil can reduce bruise size and appearance as well as decrease inflammation.
Apply diluted oil to unbroken skin immediately after injury or massage. Reapply as necessary for pain relief.
I took this one further and Checked my Modern Essentials book for other great oils to help!
I came up with this blend.
I mixed it with Vitamin E oil because that is what I have on hand. FCO, jojoba or grape seed oil would work well too.
Hope you have good luck with those bruises.
If you feel you need to try out some cupping you can always try Balance Massage owned By Rebecca Shawver, the essential oil cupping master here in Gig Harbor!