What is it?
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of medicine (European, Middle Eastern, and Asian roots), where the therapist places cups (typically silicone, plastic, or glass) in particular areas on the skin, often on acupuncture/acupressure points, to create suction (tissue lifting) for a few minutes.
There are two common styles of cupping, wet or dry. In Canada, most cupping-trained physiotherapists use dry cupping, whether static (leave cups in place over a point) or dynamic (movement of cups while under suction). It is a safe and beneficial technique. It can be one of the “tools” your physiotherapist may suggest as part of your individualized treatment plan and recovery.
How can this help?
As the air cools inside the cup it creates suction, whereas the skin rises and is proposed to increase blood flow, which can help:
- Reduce pain
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase blood flow
- Decrease muscle tension
- Increase relaxation
Common (less severe):
- Possible bruising
- Mild discomfort at treatment area
- Muscle soreness or tingling to the treatment area
Note: the bruising common to cupping can range in colour tones from light pink to dark purple; and each individual’s recovery time varies (expected is 2-4 days for the colour to disappear).
Have a repetitive strain injury or chronic/long lasting nagging injury?
Give us a call and book an appointment to try cupping therapy with one of our experienced physiotherapists.
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