Cupping Therapy is a type of alternative therapy that originated in ancient China, but has been used for centuries in Middle Eastern and Egyptian cultures as well.
It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. Modern day cupping was made famous by Michael Phelps in the 2016 Olympics, when he emerged from the pool with his back and shoulders covered in hickey- like marks. Since that time cupping therapy has become widespread and popular as healing therapy all over the world.
Cupping therapy works by suctioning the tissue underneath to decompress the tissue. It works by creating a vacuum between the skin and cup, working to increase blood flow to the area to bring in fresh nutrients and flush out waste products. Increasing blood flow helps to heal damaged tissue, improve circulation, relax tight and tense muscles and reduce inflammation.
Cupping is used to treat a variety of conditions.
Cupping is most popular in treating musculoskeletal conditions, such as the following:
Cupping is generally a very safe therapy and can be done to the majority of people. However, cupping is not for everyone. Cupping should not be performed on those with bleeding disorders, elderly people, children under four years old, those with wounds or open lesions, or the abdomen or lower back of pregnant women. If you have any questions or concerns it is always smart to double check with your provider.
Cupping can be an effective therapy for reducing muscle tension, improving blood flow and decreasing inflammation. At ProMotion Chiropractic, we offer cupping therapy in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments. If you would like to add cupping to your next treatment just let us know!
Author: Dr. Courtenay Schroeder
Owner & Chiropractor @ ProMotion Chiropractic
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