What is cupping?
Cupping, also known as myofascial decompression, has been used for thousands of years for its therapeutic applications. It has gained popularity over recent years from media coverage of famous athletes and celebrities like Michael Phelps, The Rock, Jenifer Aniston, and Lady Ga Ga promoting its benefits.
How It Works...
Medical cups are attached to the surface of the skin by using either heat or an air pump to create suction. This negative pressure pulls the skin up and away from the underlying muscles. When the cup is left on the skin, blood is pulled to the area localized healing takes place which stimulates the body and tissues to heal. Additionally, cupping creates local inflammation that triggers the immune system to produce small proteins that enhance communication between cells, called cytokines, which help regulate the immune response.
The cups are left in place for up to 20 minutes, and when removed, they usually leave a round red or purplish mark behind. The marks are an expression of the underlying stagnation of blood and fluids in the body that are held by tight and restricted tissues. The only time the marks appear and stay is if there is tightness and stagnation in that area. You do not get them in healthy tissue.
What is cupping good for?
Cupping can help with pain management and range of motion problems. This included issues like arthritis, abdominal pain, stomach ache, indigestion, headache, low back pain painful menstruation, sprains, and more.
Cupping can also benefit the lungs by improving circulation and ‘opening’ the lungs to facilitate better breathing. Cupping can be effective for a wide range of ailments, including asthma, bronchitis, and coughs from excessive mucus.
Is cupping right for you?
Cupping is not for everyone. Schedule a session where we can discuss the best modalities for your condition and work together to create a wellness plan.