Kaley Cuoco shares painful cupping and scraping therapy video after her body 'shut down from complete overuse'
Kaley Cuoco is making sure she takes care of herself at age 33. 'The Big Bang Theory' actor shared footage of bodywork treatments she received in a bid to recover from an intense workout that left her "absolutely wrecked."
"My body just starts to shut down from complete overuse," she said on Instagram. To soothe her exhausted body, the actress paid a visit to her "angel" Flory. "My angel Flory literally scraping my legs and hips. I'm so tight I can barely bend or turn I haven't been able to actually move in weeks," she wrote in one video.
In the clip, Flory can be seen giving Cuoco a scraping therapy using a jade gua sha to scrape her well-toned legs. A gua sha is a Chinese tool used to release muscle tissue and improve circulation by scraping at the skin and deliberately causing tissue damage. "Explain what horrific things you’re doing to me," Cuoco joked in the video.
"Your fascia is intense and tight, and I need to remove it," Flory responded, continuing to scrape her legs, "your nerves and your ligaments get better." Following the treatment, Cuoco flaunted her legs, albeit this time covered in suction cups. While there's not much scientific evidence to back the effectiveness of cupping therapy, it is known to be an ancient form of alternative medicine meant to increase blood circulation.
A 2014 review of recent evidence surrounding the therapy found that "because of the unreasonable design and poor research quality, the clinical evidence of cupping therapy is very low." Nonetheless, Cuoco claims she definitely feels a difference. The Priceline spokeswoman briefed her followers once she got in her car on why she had been in so much pain, before offering some advice.
"I don’t even know how to function right now," she said. "First, I started with Ryan Sorensen at Proactive, at my gym… I got my a** handed to me there, and then I came over and got a bunch of bodywork, which guys, I have got to do more of."
Cuoco emphasized that she needed to spend more time taking care of herself. "I go a few weeks and then I end up not being able to walk," she admitted. "I think my body just starts to shut down from just complete overuse. If I don’t take care of it, I’m going to crumble." The star added, "You’ve got to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of the things around you."