Have you been wondering exactly what are Stretch Marks and how do you treat them? This is for you!
Stretch marks are narrow streaks or lines that occur on the surface of the skin. Doctors often refer to stretch marks as stria, striae or – during pregnancy – striae gravidarum. The tummy (abdomen), buttocks, breasts and thighs are the areas of the body most often affected.
Why do Stretch Marks occur?
Stretch marks happen when your body grows faster than your skin can keep up with. This causes the elastic fibers just under the surface of the skin to break, resulting in stretch marks. The dermis is made up of strong fibers that connect to each other and allow your skin to stretch as your body grows. However, if a part of your body grows rapidly over a short period of time, the fibers can become thin and over-stretched and some of them may break.
Where the fibers in the dermis break, tiny tears develop and the blood vessels that lie under your skin show through. This is why stretch marks look reddish in color when they first appear. Eventually, the blood vessels contract to leave only the fat under your skin visible, and the stretch marks fade to a silvery white or grey colour.
Not everyone gets stretch marks. It may be that some people are more likely to develop stretch marks than others because their bodies produce a larger amount of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol decreases the amount of collagen in your skin, which is a protein in the skin fibers that helps to keep it stretchy.
How do you treat Stretch Marks?
Massage Cupping is the combination of massage movements and negative pressure with the use of a suction device on the skin. A cup is positioned at the area to be treated and, depending on the type of cups being used; a vacuum is created within the cup to draw the skin and underlying tissue into the cup. The produced vacuum creates a suction effect that increases blood and lymphatic circulation systemically and to the local area, relaxes muscle tissue and support, draws stagnation, pathogenic factors and toxins out of the body and releases a myriad of pain causing factors.