What is Cupping?

As the name implies, cupping is a type of treatment that uses cups to create suction on the body to help break up fascial adhesions and promote blood flow to a painful or injured area. The therapist leaves the cups on the skin for anywhere from two to twenty minutes to create the desired therapeutic effect. The cups are usually made of glass, silicone, or bamboo, and even regular glass drinking cups can be used if they smooth rims.

This type of therapy has been used in Chinese, Middle Eastern, European and Egyptian cultures, among others, for generations. If you are interested in cupping treatment and live in the Flagstaff, AZ area, visit Gordon Performance Acupuncture, PLLC.

Different Forms of Cupping

There are several different forms of cupping. Fire-cupping refers to the practice of using fire to create suction: the practitioner inserts a lit cotton ball into the cup and then rapidly removes it and immediately places the cup upside down on your skin. The air in the cup creates a vacuum on your skin and causes your skin to become red as blood vessels expand. The practitioner may leave the cups in place or move them around depending on the specific condition being treated.

Other forms of cupping involve the use of a pump, instead of a flame, to create a vacuum in a plastic cup cup. The practitioner can create suction in a silicone cups simply by pushing down on them or by squeezing them prior to application and then letting them expand once on the skin. Again, the practitioner may leave the cups in one place for the duration of the treatment or move them around to create more of a massage sensation.

The Benefits of Cupping

Cupping is used to help with pain and inflammation. Cupping can help release fascial adhesions, increase blood flow, encourage relaxation, and provide a sense of well-being. Different forms of cupping are used to achieve different results depending on the patient’s individual needs. Cupping is also used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety, depression, asthma, and allergies. This treatment is considered safe, but you may have some side effects, such as bruising and/or mild discomfort or achiness. Fire cupping runs the risk of causing a burn, but the risk if low when cupping is performed by a properly trained practitioner.

Choose Gordon Performance Acupuncture, PLLC.

Our clinic will create a customized treatment plan designed to meet your personal health goals. If you are interested in Asian medicine treatment methods such as acupuncture and cupping, contact us today to find out how we can help or to schedule an appointment. You can find us in Flagstaff, AZ at 928-266-6261.


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