After a tiring and stressful day, who would not want to be pampered? Massages are a great way to relieve muscle tensions and spasms. Spas also provide services such as ventosa or cupping therapies that aid in eliminating cold shoulders and promoting healthy blood flow throughout the body.
But this Chinese Man identified as Li Lin, had cupping therapy every day that in the long run, instead of relieving his back pain, he developed blisters that created holes in his back.
Reportedly, the 63-year-old man from Chengdu, China was promised that the cupping treatment would make his cold shoulder feel better.
According to him, he had the cupping treatment every day in the same place for almost a month until the large blisters began to appear on his back.
For one month, Li went to a small massage parlor to get his treatment to cure his frozen shoulder, a condition that leads to pain and stiffness in the back and shoulder area. In worse cases, people having this condition are unable to move their shoulder at all.
According to him, he was advised by the clerk of the massage parlor to have that therapy for one month to cure his condition.
Cupping therapy or ventosa treatment is a form of alternative medicine wherein heated glass cups are placed on affected areas to create suction. It is believed that the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote healing and release muscle tensions.
But since Li had them placed every day in the same spot, blisters were formed and he even asked his wife to pop them before even consulting them to a doctor.
He developed high-grade fever and began to feel uncomfortable until he was rushed to the hospital.
Upon examination, it was found out that he developed bacterial infection.
According to medical experts, cupping should not be done in the same position as it can cause skin burns and infections.