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Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction is thought to improve the flow of energy in the body and facilitate healing.

Cupping also increases blood circulation and stretches underlying tissues in the area where the cups are placed. This may help with decreasing muscle tension, and promoting cell repair/healing.

Although cupping appears to be quite “on-trend” at present, it’s onset actually dates back to Ancient Egypt. 

Types of Cupping:

There are 4 main categories of cupping performed today:

  •  Dry cupping: suction-only method
  •  Running Cupping: moving suction cups around the body
  •  Flash Cupping: quick, repeated suction and release of cups on an area of the body
  •  Wet/Bleeding Cupping: may involve both suction and controlled medical bleeding (*only performed by certain qualified practitioners*)

What to Expect During a Treatment?

  1. Your practitioner will determine if this treatment would be effective for you based on a physical assessment
  2. The practitioner will place a cup(s) on your skin. Depending on the type of cupping, they may also use gel/lotion, and/or heat
  3. You will experience a sucking sensation and pressure as the cups are suctioned – either done manually or mechanically. For running cupping, you may feel a pinching or tightening sensation
  4. Depending on the type of cupping, they may glide the cups across the treatment area. Treatments could last from 2-10 mins. Alternatively, they may leave cups in place and have you rest before they return to remove the cups
  5. Your skin may turn red and show light bruising or circular marks after your session, which should resolve within 7 days

What Conditions Is it Effective For?

Cupping therapy may help with the following conditions, among others:

  •  Lower back pain
  •  Neck and shoulder pain
  •  Headaches/migraines
  •  Knee/leg pain
  •  Carpal Tunnel
  •  Tennis Elbow/Golfers Elbow
  •  Scar management

As everyone’s situation is unique, always consult a registered health professional to help create a management plan that’s effective and safe for you!

Happy Cupping!