Cupping

What is cupping and can it help me?

Cupping is not a new therapy although it had a recent surge in popularity as high profile athletes have been seen with the characteristic large red dots on their skin during sporting events. Cupping in our clinic is most often used to increase soft tissue mobility and speed the healing process by promoting increased blood flow to a needed region.

Cupping is not a comfortable treatment generally speaking. Fortunately, it can be administered in varying amounts of pressure which makes it manageable for most of our patients who need this helpful treatment.

Rather than using glass cups and a flame we use a variable pressure pump that allows us to tailor your treatment in ranges of comfort for the individual.

Our therapists are highly skilled and capable to utilize this treatment to bring you lasting relief from nagging pains and injury.

Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. This practice dates back over 2,000 years but has received recent attention due to its use by world-class athletes for injury relief.

The cups used in cupping are typically made of bamboo, glass, or earthenware.

It’s believed that the effect of suction on the skin helps increase blood flow and promotes healing; however, the way in which cupping may have an effect on the body is unclear.

In a peer-reviewed study1, researchers concluded that cupping could be effective in treating the pain and disability associated with chronic neck pain and chronic low-back pain in the short term.

Cupping is generally safe for healthy people when performed by one of our trained health professionals.

Some of the side effects like bruising and soreness are possible.

Ask your physical therapist how cupping might help you.

Cupping is a helpful alternative treatment for some. Please share your complete health history with your therapist and they will discuss the benefits and possible side effects of cupping to make sure it is right for you.

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Resource:

  1. Chi, L. M., Lin, L. M., Chen, C. L., Wang, S. F., Lai, H. L., & Peng, T. C. (2016). The Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy on Relieving Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2016, 7358918. doi:10.1155/2016/7358918
  2. Please contact us to schedule an appointment or to get answers to your questions regarding cupping or any other needed therapy service.

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