The word cupping is a broad term that describes the use of suction to draw out toxins and impurities in the body. There are several different types of cupping therapies and they differ by the type of cup used, the way the suction is created, and how long it stays on the body.
Dry cupping is probably the most common form of cupping therapy, especially in western medicine. Dry cupping uses glass cups to create a vacuum over an area of the skin.
In dry cupping, the therapist places the cups on your skin for about three minutes, then removes them quickly. In wet cupping (or “hijama”), they make small incisions in the area where they’re placing the cups to draw out small amounts of blood.
Dry cupping is believed to stimulate the flow of blood and lymph to the affected area. The suction also releases rigid soft tissue and lifts connective tissue, which helps improve mobility and reduce pain.
The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, remove “heat”, draw out toxins, and activate the lymphatic system. Cupping is similar to massage in that it affects the body up to four inches into the tissues, however instead of applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is an especially unwinding and easing sensation.
People get cupping therapy for many purposes, including:
Relax their muscles and increase blood flow.
Help treat pain and inflammation (swelling and redness).
Help treat high blood pressure.
Promote general wellness.
Our chiropractors and physical therapist specialize in treating patients with chronic or acute injuries. Using a holistic approach to healing, we’ll help you get back on track to a healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re suffering from arthritis, a sports injury, or chronic pain, our team can help. We offer massage therapy to help relax your muscles and cupping therapy to stimulate blood flow.
When you’re ready to book a cupping therapy session, please call or send an email. We look forward to hearing from you.