Cupping Therapy

What Is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping Therapy involves placing silicone or plastic cups on the skin to create a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised partially into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance blood and lymph circulation, relieve pain, remove toxins and release muscle tension. There are a number of cupping methods. The most common types of cupping used in the clinic are fixed, sliding, and dynamic. The method used varies from patient to patient and the goals that we are trying to achieve.

Conditions Cupping Therapy Helps:

Cupping therapy can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal complaints including:

  • Upper Back pain/Stiffness
  • Low Back pain
  • Lower Back pain/Stiffness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Tension Headaches
  • Hip and Gluteal pain
  • Piriformis
  • Sciatica
  • Upper Trapezius muscle tension
  • Achilles tendonitis/ tendonosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Muscular strains/Ligament sprains
  • Post surgery swelling, healing, and scarring

How to Prepare

To prepare for cupping make sure you are wearing clothes that make the area accessible to the doctor. 

What you can expect 

A Cupping session is around 30 minutes long and can often be accompanied by dry needling. You will usually feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often this sensation can be relaxing and soothing. Cups may be moved around in the area of injury, or remain in one place for a period of time depending on the condition. Often times the doctor will have you go through ranges of motion, or specific stretches and exercises with the cups on to maximize the release of tension. 

Post Treatment Information

Following Cupping therapy, some patients may feel itchy or a warm sensation where the cupping was done. This is normal and is a common side effect of blood flow rising to the surface. Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue, or purple, especially if there is an injury under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful