Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy that works to release the muscles, improve circulation, and aid in the body’s detoxification process. The technique is based on the channel system that is used in acupuncture and works in a similar way to unblock areas of stagnation and stimulate the flow of blood throughout the body.
A vacuum is created between the cup and the skin by either heat or a suction pump. This draws up the skin and superficial muscle into the cup where the pressure allows for increased circulation and movement in the area.
From a scientific standpoint, cupping is known to help activate the lymphatic system, promote blood circulation, and improves deep tissue repair.
Cupping is recommended for the treatment of pain, especially muscular pain, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), and paralysis, although it does have application for other problems. Please contact us for more information or to learn if cupping is right for you.