Cupping Therapy

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping is a very popular and age-old therapy that has been around for thousands of years. From ancient times, it has been a very popular form of alternative medicine for a very long time.

It involves the use of special cups, the therapist will put on your skin for a few minutes to create suction.

People seek cupping therapy for many purposes, including to help with decreasing pain and inflammation, increasing blood flow, promoting relaxation and improving well-being, and it has also been used as a type of deep-tissue massage.

The most popular type of cups used for cupping are glass cups. These are made specifically for this therapy and are in different sizes, and are shaped very round with a flat opening at the bottom. Other cups may be made of plastic, silicone, earthenware and bamboo.

Cupping Therapy

Ancient therapy effective at detoxing the muscles and your soft tissues through improving cellular health.

What to expect

Once the therapist has assessed the areas that need to be worked on the procedure goes as follows;

  • Find the area that needs to be treated
  • Sanitise the area using alcohol swab
  • Lightly apply a water based massage oil on the area
  • When using a flammable cupping set, light a cotton bud on fire
  • Cupping needs a vacuum effect to be created so it can suck up a small amount of the affected area inside the cup
  • The suction effect can also be done via a pump with a plastic cupping set, a vacuum effect either with the pump or the flame sucks out the oxygen thus creating the vacuum effect of the muscle inside the cup
  • Depending on which form of treatment your therapists performs, they can perform either static or dynamic cupping.
  • Static cupping is where a greater suction takes place and the cups do not move from the affected area for at least 10 minutes
  • Dynamic cupping is where a lighter suction takes place and the cup is moved in different positions in order to massage the affected area, this is done for an average of 5 minutes.
  • When the therapy is finished the therapist will disconnect the vacuum effect and remove the cups from the affected area.
  • The patient will be left with round shaped bruises on the skin, however they are not painful and not permanent.
  • These bruises are part of the healing process and will disappear within 2-6 weeks

Benefits of Cupping

Cupping has helped people with the following

  • Painful and sore muscles
  • Chronic muscle stiffness
  • Acute muscle pain
  • Lactic acid build up
  • Scar tissue management
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine headaches
  • Tension type headaches

The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat:

  • Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia
  • Skin problems such as eczema and acne
  • Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma
  • High blood pressure
  • Varicose veins
  • A 2012 Chinese Australian study published that after 135 cases of cupping helped with the above mentioned conditions plus cervical spondylosis and facial paralysis.
  • 2015 Report published in The Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine concluded that cupping helped with acne, herpes zoster and pain management.
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