Cupping Therapy

By Katie Shields

Have you heard about cupping therapy? 

Cupping therapy was thought to be discovered by the Chinese but there has been evidence showing that cupping has been used as early as the Ancient Egyptian Times. 

What is it used for ? 

Cupping therapy is used for helping with myofascial tissue (Connective Tissue) pain, muscle tension, increase range of movement. It can also help with scar tissue restrictions, chronic tears and increasing blood circulation 

This is all to help with improving the body's overall function. 

What are the types of cups and methods?

~ Glass Cupping : this involves using a suction gun to pump air though the cup to get maximum suction. Each cups has an individual valve to release as much pressure as required throughout the session. These can be used for Myofascial release, decreasing muscle tension and functional cupping to increase range of movement 

~ Silicone Suction Cupping: This is more of a manual method using silicone cups which are generally clear and come in various sizes so it is beneficial for the therapist to use in various areas of the body. These cups require the the therapist to squeeze the cup the apply to the area creating a suction for as much as required 

~ Functional Cupping: This is a cupping method that involves placing the cups on the client with in the muscles that is causing decreased range of movement and get the client to actively move in the range that is restricted while the cups draw circulation to the muscles in that area promoting movement to the area and therefore increasing range.

Are there any side effects?

There can be side effects to cupping depending on the individual person and how they respond to sessions these include: 

Bruising: This generally occurs because if the toxins and circulation moving closer to the surface of the skin. This shouldn't last more then a few days, but again it depends on the individual. 

You can also experience some aches and pains with in the muscles that have been cupped and this can also last a day or two after treatment. It is however, completely normal. 

Contact any of our therapists for more information on cupping or to book and appointment.