Cupping is an ancient oriental practice designed to stimulate and improve blood flow, reduce inflammation and improve lymphatic drainage. This increase in blood flow will help your muscles to decompress and relax.
We use small plastic cups to create a suction to the skin. Removing the oxygen from the cups creates a vacuum effect that pulls the tissue upward, creating decompression of the tissue and an increase in blood flow.
During a session, we may utilize the cups in different ways. You may feel the doctor gently gliding the cup across your skin, or we might even make you take your muscles through an active range of motion. Patients often remark that this feels great!
If you suffer from musculoskeletal issues, especially muscle and soft tissue pain, we recommend that you give cupping therapy a try.
In order to better help you understand what you can expect from a cupping session, we've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear from new patients. If you have a question not answered below, and we'll be happy to walk you through the answer.
You may feel a slight 'pinching' of the skin when a cup is placed on you, but most patients find cupping to be soothing and relaxing. The areas where cups are placed may begin to feel warm as your blood starts pumping in the area being stimulated.
We recommend that you wear athletic, comfortable clothing. Please note, the cups will be placed directly onto your skin, so you may have to move clothing during a session, but only to your comfort level.
A lot of patients will experience bruising after cupping sessions, but it may not happen to you. Generally, if you feel that you bruise easily, you'll likely experience a bit of bruising from cupping. Bruising from cupping usually lasts between 1-2 weeks, and then resolves on its own. Cupping can also have soreness for about 24 hours.