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Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy was originally used by the ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern cultures. It is an ancient form of alternative method that is performed by placing cups on the skin, in order to create suction. Today, it is used as a way to relieve pain, promote relaxation, enhance blood flow, and ease inflammation.

How does Cupping Therapy work?

The suction within the cups creates negative pressure, which helps to increase vascular and blood flow to body tissues, ease up adhesions, and eliminate muscle tension. It is important to note that cupping is not a treatment method that will be performed on skin with wounds, infection, burns, or active inflammation. It can sometimes create bruises on the skin that can last up to two weeks. Bruises typically resolve themselves with time and should not be of concern.

Why should I choose Cupping Therapy?

Cupping can sometimes be described as a “tissue distraction release” technique. During the cupping process, the cups are held or glided across different areas of the body in order to lift and to do suction at the soft tissue of the area to be treated. This works to relaxes muscles, releases trigger points, improves lymphatic flow, increases local circulation, and decreases scar tissue adhesion. Cupping therapy is an effective treatment method for several conditions, such as chronic neck pain, upper/mid/lower back pain, and fibromyalgia.