Cupping has been around for thousands of years. It is an ancient medical tool originating in Egypt, Greece, and China.
The treatment uses cups to create a vacuum of negative pressure that lifts and separates tissue from adhesions within the body. The suction helps to move blood to the surface of the tissue by dilating blood vessels and alleviating immobility. Fluid is drawn through lymph and capillaries, encouraging hydration and detoxification of any toxins or interstitial debris that may be trapped within the soft tissue.
In a cupping session, cups are applied with suction to various areas on the body following a layer of oil applied directly to the skin. Cups can be left stationary for 3 minutes or mobile depending on the area of the body being worked on. The suction of a cup can be manipulated to various tissue depths depending on areas of treatment and condition. Cups will impact the skin, fascia, muscle and nerves.
The number of cupping sessions depends on the condition being treated. Cups can to be used every 48 hours to allow the body time to process the changes and may benefit from weekly or twice weekly sessions for 3-4 weeks. Cups can be applied to the whole body, including the feet, hands, face, stomach, back, knees, neck, chest and shoulders. Treatments range from 20-60 minutes in length depending on the area of the body being treated.
It is important to note that cupping therapy has the potential to leave marks. If marks appear, they are a response to material being released from the body and should not be painful. When done properly however, cupping should not leave bruises. The marks that appear will fade away with time, but will not change colour or shape like a bruise. Cups applied to the face and waist are performed through continuous movement without ever leaving marks.
Cupping therapy can treat a variety of health conditions including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis and joint inflammation
- Asthma and coughing
- Knee pain
- Lower back pain
- Neck and Shoulder stiffness
- Carpal tunnel
- Sinus congestion
- Headaches and Migraines
- Anxiety and Depression
- Muscle pain and tension
- Scar Tissue
- Frozen Shoulder