Chinese medicine practitioners have been using cupping for thousands of years to treat a wide range of health problems.
Cupping Therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin with the application of cups. It is designed to help the body reduce inflammation by using suction. Cupping enhances blood flow, reduces stiffness and helps with pain.
The benefits of cupping include local pain relief and muscle relaxation. For athletes, cupping may help increase blood flow to a particular muscle region or help reduce pain.
Frequently asked questions
What is cupping?
How does cupping work?
A muscle can be manipulated in different ways. Massage tends to push and knead the muscle fibers. Cupping lifts and decompress the muscle. This allows more space between the muscle and the skeleton for fresh blood and oxygen to circulate.
Does cupping hurt?
The tension can be adjusted but generally feels like the skin and muscle is being stretched.
Does cupping leave marks?
Sometimes; this all depends on skin type, muscle tightness, cup tension, and how much time they stay. If theirs a reddish or purplish mark left over, it’s usually for a few days.
Can I just get cupping?
Sure! I feel acupuncture does most of the job and generally just use cupping as an addendum or finishing technique, but some people are still not up for trying acupuncture.