Cupping therapy uses cups that create suction when placed on specific points. Cupping can help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, deep-tissue massage, and other ailments and conditions.

What is Cupping

Cupping is an ancient treatment mentioned as far back as 1,550 BCE in Ancient Egypt. Cupping dates back to Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures and has been used for centuries as a medical and wellness treatment. This painless treatment can help ease pain, flood flow, and inflammation, and as a type of deep-tissue massage for relaxation and well-being. Cupping often results in bruising, and some patients may experience slight discomfort.

Types of cupping

There are two main types of cupping therapy: dry cupping and wet cupping. 

Both forms of cupping start with the cups being heated and then placed upside down on your skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. Cups are generally left in place for up to 3 minutes

Dry Cupping

With dry cupping, the cups can be used at rest or with movement, and the application time is typically longer, ranging from 5 to 10 minutes. 

Wet Cupping

Another traditional bloodletting method used worldwide for centuries. Wet cupping is generally done on the back. Lancets are used to puncture several holes in an area, and then a sterile disposable suction cup is placed over the holes to draw out deoxygenated stagnant blood. Wet cupping treats conditions in the neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs, knees and feet.

Why Patients Seek Cupping

Cupping helps relieve pain in deep tissue and muscles and decreases swelling and muscle knots. 

The vacuum-like suction from the cups causes micro-trauma to the applied areas. This causes your body to release various chemicals, fibroblasts, and white blood cells to the afflicted areas, triggering healing. 

Cupping also helps increase blood circulation near the area where the cups are placed, which helps soothe muscle tension, improving overall blood flow and boosting cell repair. 

Cupping has also been known to help ease fatigue symptoms and help improve emotional and sleep conditions. 

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