Cupping is an ancient Chinese technique that creates local blood congestion at a site. This then stimulates the area, allowing for improved healing. The cups we use have a nozzle attached and a small pump to create a vacuum. We simply place small glass cups onto your skin in the area being treated. They we use the pump to create a partial vacuum. Cupping draws up the underlying tissues. The cup is left in place on the skin for 5-15 minutes.
Cupping therapy is said to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the conduits within each of us through which energy flows to reach every part of the body, its organs and tissues. Opening the flow of energy, or increasing the circulation in the body strengthens its ability to heal.
What does Cupping Treat?
Cupping is used for lower back pain, sprains, soft tissue injuries, sports injuries and helping relieve fluid from the lungs from chest congestion or chronic bronchitis. In addition, it can alleviate the symptoms of or resolve menstrual and digestive problems.
Does Cupping Hurt?
Patients report that the sensation during treatment simply feels as if something or someone is tugging at their skin. It can have the sensation of a deep massage.
Is Cupping Safe?
Yes cupping is very safe. The only side effect is that there will be what looks like circular bruises where the cupping was done. This painless bruising typically clears up in 3-10 days.
Should I do anything after Cupping?
It is best to keep the area covered and free from drafts. Drink plenty of water.