What Is Cupping?
Cupping is an alternative therapy that has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine. This therapy involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This process can help increase blood circulation, blood flow and cell repair, as well as reduce muscle tension. Used for thousands of years, Chinese medical practitioners believe cupping helps the body stay balanced and reduces any pain. Many patients use this therapy along with other alternative treatments, such acupuncture or acupressure.
What to Expect?
At your cupping appointment, you will meet with our trained cupping practitioner. This expert will explain how it works, what it helps with, and answer any questions you have. During the cupping process, round cups are placed on the skin. The cups may be heated with fire or manually pumped to create a suction. These cups are left on the skin for a set time, usually 5 to 10 minutes.
Cupping is not painful, but it may leave a temporary mark. Side effects may include slight redness, irritation, and bruising on the treatment areas. These side effects should heal within a couple weeks.
How Cupping Can Help
Cupping is an all-natural therapy that can help with a variety of health conditions:
- Breathing issues
- Cervical spondylosis
- Herniated disc
- Improved range of motion
- Less Pain
- Muscle aches, stiffness, and tension
- Stretch marks
Is Cupping Safe?
Yes, cupping is safe when performed by a professional trained in this specialized therapy. It’s important to note that cupping is not recommended for everyone.
- Children: Older children should only receive cupping for short periods. Anyone younger than four should not receive cupping.
- Certain Disorders: avoid cupping if you have an internal organ disorder.
- Pregnant moms: Pregnant moms should not receive cupping on or near their abdomen or lower back.
- Seniors: Our skin becomes more fragile as we age. Seniors should use caution when considering cupping as some medications can cause skin to be thin and easily irritated.
- Skin irritations: Avoid cupping if you have a sunburn, wound, or skin ulcer.
- Women: It’s recommended to not receive cupping therapy while you are menstruating.