What is Cupping?

A plastic or silicone cup is placed on the skin where the air within the cup is removed causing a vacuum effect. Dry cupping is a safe and beneficial technique. In clinical studies, patients with neck and shoulder pain experienced a 61% decrease in pain after receiving dry cupping therapy.

The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure, helps relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite reduction.

The cupping procedure commonly involves creating suction, the skin is gently drawn upwards by creating a vacuum in a cup over the target area of the skin. The cup usually stays on for five to fifteen minutes.

The cups can range in size from 1 to 3 inches (25 to 76 mm) across the opening.  A vacuum is created with a mechanical suction pump acting through a valve located at the top of the plastic cup.

The cups are normally used only on softer tissue that can form a good seal with the edge of the cup. They may be used singly or with many to cover a larger area. They may be used by themselves or placed over an acupuncture needle. Skin may be lubricated with a small amount of oil, allowing the cup to be moved across the skin slowly by the Acupuncturist.

What to expect after your Cupping treatment?

Depending on the specific treatment, skin marking is common after the cups are removed. This may be a simple red ring that disappears quickly, the discolouration left by the cups is normally from bruising especially if dragging the cups while suctioned from one place to another to break down muscle fiber. Usually treatments are not painful.

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