Cupping Therapy is a treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in which heated cups are applied to the skin, creating a vacuum seal to stimulate blood flow, relax tight muscles, remove stagnation, and promote healing. There are a variety of cupping therapy methods including wet, dry, needle, and moxa—each of which are used to treat specific conditions. During a cupping therapy session, the heated cups stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation, while drawing impurities to the surface of the skin and removing toxins. Cupping loosens connective tissue and helps break up scarred or bound up tissue that can cause trigger points and areas of pain.
The ancient technique of Cupping Therapy dates back to the fourth century, initially being used to treat headaches, dizziness, and abdominal pain. It has progressed into treating a multitude of ailments including respiratory conditions and musculoskeletal pain.
The first visit is an hour long and like an interview, involves the patient answering questions pertaining to their individual body. This is an important part of the Cupping Therapy treatment because everybody is different, and therefore every complaint should be treated as such. The interview process is a way for the practitioner to see a detailed picture of what is going on internally, so the treatment can be tailored to the patients’ needs.
The cups used in our cupping therapy sessions are made of glass and depending on which cupping method is being used, might include the use of acupuncture needles and Chinese herbs. The cups are heated using a quick flame to create the suction once applied to the skin. Patients will feel the sensation of their skin being drawn upward into the cup, with most patients feeling the vacuum sensation and little to no pain. The treatment area will typically bruise as the heated cups create the vacuum and drawing the skin up into the cup. This is totally normal and indicative of successful cupping treatment. Patients typically experience an almost instant sensation of pain relief and relaxation post-treatment.