What is cupping and what conditions can it help?
Cupping is an ancient form of medicine and there is reason to believe the practice may be 5,000 years old. 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
It may also be able to increase athletic performance
How does Cupping work?
The action of stretching and pulling soft tissues, as deep as 4 inches, can relax muscle and tendons, improving flexibility, increasing range of motion, and assisting 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, supplying fresh nutrients, drawing out inflammation and relieving pain. It can also improve digestive function by acting on the nervous system.
Cupping is becoming more and more popular as its effectiveness becomes more widely known, and many people find it relaxing and beneficial for stress-related conditions.
What can you expect during treatment?
Suction cups are carefully applied to the skin to draw up the underlying tissues, blood and lymphatic fluid. The suction can be strong to affect deeper tissues or milder and the cups may remain stationary or be moved around, as required.
Following treatment, it is quite normal to have some circular bruise marks., which disappear over the next few days.