Massage Therapy

What is Cupping?

By PSSM Staff

The latest therapy trend after the 2016 Olympics

You have all witnessed as you watched the Summer 2016 Olympics when Michael Phelps made his debut at the Brazilian swimming pool. Many were in awe when the media focused on the numerouspurple circles located around Phelp’s shoulders. The circles as the media mentioned are from an alternative therapy technique called, “Cupping”. Cupping has been used for many centuries; this ancient technique utilizes glass cups or bulbs to adhere to the patient’s skin, either through suction or vacuum. The purpose of the cup suction is to aid with a patient’s complaint of pain, a lack of blood flow to a targeted area, improve relaxation to the surrounding muscles and be used as a form of deep tissue massage.

The suction of each cup typically lasts for a few minutes, but in those couple of minutes is enough time to cause the capillaries of the skin to rupture, creating the circular, bruises that have been so visible on Phelps and on the athletes at the 2016 Olympics.The bruising effect would be the same as someone giving you a hickey.

Physiologically, cupping is thought to draw blood to the affected area, reducing soreness and speeding healing of overworked muscles. Athletes swear by it, saying it keeps them injury free and speeds recovery.

While many athletes, coaches and trainers believe in this form of treatment, there’s not much strong evidence/research to determine whether cupping offers a real physiological benefit.

PSSM Overview Video

By Heather

PSSM Wellness Overview

Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, LLC, is a premier non-surgical orthopedic institute providing a team-oriented approach to optimize your health and wellness.

PSSM sponsors Shady Brook Farm’s *Holiday Light Show*, a Bucks County tradition

By Heather

PSSM has partnered up with Shady Brook Farm as a Top Sponsor for their annual Holiday Light Show, Bucks County’s most anticipated community event of the year!

annual Holiday Light Show

Experience the magic of millions of lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2013 Holiday Light Show!”

This event makes a wonderful holiday tradition for families and friends. There are incredible new displays this year, including the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’….and our very own PSSM customized light display!!

Our PSSM light display is located upfront by the ticket booth entrance. You can’t miss it, at 18′ high by 60′ wide – also seen from highway I-95! We couldn’t be more thrilled of our awesome display and, of course, our partnership with Shady Brook Farm!

Our display design pays homage to a keyword at PSSM; Performance. Its aesthetic correlates to our 3 significant graphic rings shown on the PSSM logo – our performance rings of service & achievement, acknowledging the state-of-the-art non-surgical multidisciplinary platform we offer. Our logo is lit with the animation of a flaming torch, representing PSSM’s promise to serve, treat & help heal our patients. “Our Patients Results are our Goals”.

New Sponsors of the Holiday Light Show

Here is an excerpt from the Bucks County Courier Times special edition Holiday Guide, handed to all who attend the light show:  New Sponsors of the Holiday Light Show, by correspondent Sandi Pachuta:

Percy Naranjo, Chief Executive Officer of Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, said he is excited that his medical practice is a new light display sponsor for Shady Brook Farm this year.  Naranjo’s practice is one block down the road from the farm, and he is pleased they are neighbors.  “We are in step with Shady Brook and how they interact with the community,” said Naranjo.

“We are so glad Shady Brook is having us as a sponsor for the community-oriented event of the light show; Shady Brook Farm provides a great environment for the family all year long,” said Naranjo.

Naranjo has been taking his children, now ages 5 and 7 years, to the light show ever since they were babies. “The light show is awesome, and we have been attending the show ever since we moved to the area six years ago,” said Naranjo. 

Performance Spine & Sports Medicine (www.PSSMnewtown.com) is slated to open its third location in Bordentown, NJ, in December.  The practice began in 2009 in Lawrenceville NJ, followed by the Newtown location in 2011.”

After visiting the light display show, we encourage everyone to enjoy all that the farm has to offer, including the market for their selection of nutritious fruits and nuts for added holiday health!  PSSM brochures are available all year long in the Farm Market and Garden Center, also handed out together with the Holiday Guide on special evenings during the light show event.  Spread the word; PSSM is at your service.

The Holiday Light Show is on display now through January 5, 2014 from dusk to 10PM.  Visit shadybrookfarm.com for prices.

Shady Brook Farm is celebrating 100 years in business and we couldn’t be more proud to be associated with this farm’s iconic heritage, commitment and service to Bucks County.  Enjoy some holiday light show magic ~ Doctors orders.  😉

Happy Holidays from PSSM!