Cupping therapy utilizes negative pressure, rather than tissue compression, and is a traditional treatment dating back to Ancient China around 300 AD, that is utilized by millions of people around the world.
Why is cupping therapy effective?
- By creating suction and negative pressure, cupping therapy lifts connective tissue, releases rigid tissue and loosens adhesions. Cupping therapy is thought to pull stagnation, waste products and toxins to the skin level, where it can be flushed out by the lymphatic and circulatory system.
- Cupping techniques bring blood flow and nutrition to stagnant areas. The pulling action engages the parasympathetic nervous system, thus allowing deep relaxation throughout the entire body.
What conditions can cupping be therapeutic for?
- The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system.
- It is most commonly used to treat:
- Back and neck pain
- Stiff muscles
- “Burning” muscle aches
What are the marks that occur from cupping therapy?
- These marks are not bruises. They are metabolic waste products, toxins and other stagnant material within the deep tissues of the skin that are brought to the surface. These marks can last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks and should not be tender or painful to touch.
What does the appointment entail?
- Your first appointment includes a consultation with the doctor to talk about your concerns and what type of treatment plan would be most appropriate.
- The therapy takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
*Unfortunately, if you are on a type of blood thinning medication, cupping therapy is not appropriate for you.*