Cupping therapy is an alternative form of medicine and is perhaps better known as traditional Chinese Medicine, like acupuncture. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage – rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward by using negative pressure. There are 3 main types of cupping: dry/fire cupping, wet/blood cupping, and massage cupping.

The benefits of cupping therapy:

  •     Pain relief: increasing blood flow and giving the tissues important nutrients and oxygen
  •     Relieve cold, cough and allergy symptoms
  •     Promote relaxation
  •     Detoxifying: poor circulation can lead to a buildup of toxins inside of the body’s tissues
  •     Inducing inflammation to heal injuries faster
  •     Improving skin conditions such as acne and eczema
  •     Relieving digestive disorders
  •     Treating carpal tunnel

Common conditions that can be treated with cupping are:

  •     Neck, shoulder, and back pain
  •     Rotator cuff syndrome
  •     Shoulder and elbow tendonitis
  •     Hip tension and piriformis syndrome
  •     IT band syndrome
  •     Shin splints
  •     Achilles tendonitis
  •     Plantar fasciitis

Side effects:

  •     Small bruises or redness
  •     Higher amount of toxins in an individual’s body
  •     The redness will be deeper and more noticeable

Avoid cupping if you have a skin infection, ulcer or sensitivity. Cupping is not recommended for pregnant women.

Unsure if cupping is right for you? Call us at Bodyworks and speak to a Physical Therapist to determine if this is an appropriate treatment for you.