Cupping is a traditional Chinese, Egyptian and Middle Eastern medicine practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This practice dates back over 2,000 years but has received recent attention due to its use by world-class athletes for injury relief.
The cups used in cupping are typically made of glass, silicone, earthenware or bamboo.
It is believed that the effect of suction on the skin helps increase blood flow and promotes healing, as well as decreases soft tissue adhesions/restrictions, increasing mobility of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Only researchers have concluded that cupping can be effective in treating the pain and disability associated with chronic neck pain, chronic low-back pain, athletic injuries and other aches and pains.
Another effect of cupping is to draw toxins to the surface of the skin appearing as a discoloration which dissipates and is absorbed by the lymphatic and circulatory system in due time. Our therapists are trained to know the different types of skin discoloration that occurs so that when the discoloration ceases the tissue is considered normalized.
Cupping is generally safe for healthy people when performed by a trained health professional.
Ask your physical therapist how cupping might help you.
Cupping is a helpful alternative treatment for some. Please share your complete health history with your therapist and they will discuss the benefits and possible side effects of cupping to make sure it is right for you.