Cupping is a therapeutic technique used by Chinese practitioners for over 3000 years. The treatment is performed by a practitioner creating suction within a glass or plastic cup, then placing the cup onto the desired area of treatment. The cups can either be leftover from one location or moved over a region of the body.

Cupping is safe, effective, and can be used to treat a variety of pathologies, including sore and stiff muscles, aches and pains associated with traumatic injury, and neuromuscular dysfunctions. Cupping improves local blood circulation, stimulates tissue repair, and increases joint mobilization and range of motion. Cupping also breaks up tight fibrotic myofascial bands and scar tissue, reduces pain, improves lymphatic drainage, and stimulates neuromuscular education.

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Does Cupping Hurt?

Cupping therapy should feel really good. When receiving the therapy, your practitioner will stay in the room the entire time. If a cup starts to feel painful, it will be immediately removed. The tissues may be slightly sore for a day or two after treatment, but generally, relief of symptoms is the result thereafter.

Why does Cupping leave Marks?

When muscle tissues become contracted, they get less blood and oxygen. In turn, the tissue becomes more contracted, leading to pain, stiffness, or even reduced range of motion. This cycle can keep muscles contracted and sore indefinitely. The suction action of the cups pulls the old, stagnant blood to the surface of the body, creating what looks like a bruise, but isn’t tender. This invites the muscles to absorb fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the tissues and allows them to release, relax, and repair. This is how the cups reduce and/or eliminate tension and pain.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cupping is safe, effective, and can be used to treat a variety of pathologies, including:

  • Sore and stiff muscles
  • Aches and pains associated with traumatic injury
  • Neuromuscular dysfunctions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Creating myofascial release
  • Inducing lymphatic drainage
  • Promoting detoxification
  • Diminishing cellulite

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