This traditional, time-honored treatment remains favored by millions of people worldwide because it’s safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for many health disorders
Cupping is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Cupping is thought to release tissues deep inside the body, relax tense muscles and ease stiffness associated with chronic back and neck pains, migraines, rheumatism, and fatigue. Some athletes have been known to use cupping therapy to naturally improve performance and reduce stiffness, muscle cramps, joint pain and scar tissue caused by injuries.
Cupping targets soft tissue by applying local pressure to pain points and areas of swelling. As blood flow increases within vessels and capillaries, tissues receive much-needed nutrients and oxygen.
Cupping can promote relaxation by allowing people to enter a more relaxed state since it sedates the central nervous system. This is like acupuncture, which you might assume hurts and is uncomfortable but seems to help lower stress responses and therefore offers protection against anxiety and depression.
Also, cupping is not for everyone or every muscle. Cupping is only one tool in our toolbox. It is important to know this is not an end all to any type of injury or limitation. This is an excellent tool to usually start muscles working optimally, but many more tools have to then be utilized in combination to get the full benefits. Quite often, those that have cupping done to them will feel amazingly “free” when they complete their first session, but don’t quit with just cupping as your only therapy method.