What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is an alternative form of medicine and is perhaps better known as traditional Chinese Medicine, like acupuncture. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward by using negative pressure. There are 3 main types of cupping: dry/fire cupping, wet/blood cupping and massage cupping.

The benefits of cupping:

  •     Pain relief: increasing blood flow and giving the tissues important nutrients and oxygen
  •     Relieve cold, cough and allergy symptoms
  •     Promote relaxation
  •     Detoxifying: poor circulation can lead to a buildup of toxins inside of the body’s tissues
  •     Inducing inflammation to heal injuries faster
  •     Improving skin conditions such as acne and eczema
  •     Relieving digestive disorders
  •     Treating carpal tunnel

Common conditions that can be treated with cupping are:

  •     Neck, shoulder, and back pain
  •     Rotator cuff syndrome
  •     Shoulder and elbow tendonitis
  •     Hip tension and piriformis syndrome
  •     IT band syndrome
  •     Shin splints
  •     Achilles tendonitis
  •     Plantar fasciitis

Side effects:

  •     Small bruises or redness
  •     Higher amount of toxins in an individual’s body
  •     The redness will be deeper and more noticeable

Avoid cupping if you have a skin infection, ulcer or sensitivity. Cupping is not recommended for pregnant women.

Unsure if cupping is right for you? Call us at Bodyworks and speak to a Physical Therapist to determine if this an appropriate treatment for you.