What is cupping and what conditions can it help?
The practice of Cupping may be 5,000 years old. It is usually offered by Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists.
It can help with quite wide variety of conditions, illnesses and symptoms including:
Headaches and migraines
Fibromyalgia, acute and chronic pain
Inflammatory conditions including Arthritis
Skin issues such as acne, eczema, skin marks (angiomas, hemangiomas) and cellulite
Nasal and chest congestion, asthma, allergies
It is also used by many athletes to increase their performance
How does Cupping work?
The action of stretching and pulling soft tissues works as deep as 4 inches. It can relax muscle, release fascial restrictions, improve flexibility, increase range of motion and assist with the breakdown of scar tissue and other adhesions.
Cupping improves circulation within the soft tissues and stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid in the circulatory system. This facilitates removal of toxins, supplies fresh nutrients and oxygen, draws out inflammation and relieves pain. It can also improve digestive function by acting on the nervous system.
Cupping is becoming increasingly popular as its effectiveness becomes more widely known. In addition to the physical benefits, many people find it relaxing and helpful for stress-related conditions.
What can you expect during treatment?
Suction cups are carefully applied to the skin at specific points to draw up the underlying tissues, blood and lymphatic fluid. The suction can be strong to affect deeper tissues or milder to work more superficially. The cups can remain stationary, or oils can be used to enable the cups to slide across the skin.
Following treatment it is quite normal to have some mild circular bruise marks which will disappear over the next few days to a week.
Cupping and Insurance
This modality is recognised as a part of the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Massage Therapist. When performed by a licensed practitioner of these modalities it is usually covered under health insurance plans. You should check with your insurance provider to be sure what your individual plan will cover.