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An introduction

to Cupping Therapy

There are several conditions that respond well to cupping, such as:

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Poor Circulation

  • Sciatica 

  • Insomnia 

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Asthma 

  • Pneumonia

  • Chronic Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Lung Inflammation

  • Congestion

  • Migraines or Headaches

  • Edema

  • Bursitis or Tedonitis

  • Scars or Adhesions

  • Muscular Aches or Tension

  • Trigger Points

  • Joint Issues

  • Poorly Nourished Skin

  • Pre or Post Operative Conditions

  • Athletic Stress or Injury

  • High Blood Pressure

  • TMJ

  • Sinusitis 

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Parkinson's Disease 

If you're interested in trying cupping, there are a few things you should expect before booking a session.


1. Some conditions including uncontrolled Diabetes and uncontrolled blood pressure are contraindicated for cupping so talk to your doctor before booking an appointment.

 

2. There are some after care instructions that are strongly urged to clients after a cupping session. (See Aftercare Instructions)

Olympic swimmer with cupping marks at the 2016 Olympics.

Understanding Cupping marks

The most common misunderstanding regarding one of the most powerful and beneficial after effects of Cupping, is the marks that sometimes result. When injuries occur deep in the muscle, bleeding often occurs causing deep bruises. There will also be edema in the area involving the coagulation of sticky proteins. The combining presence of these elements usually results in stagnation of circulation to the area - resulting in pain, dysfunction, and chronic conditions.

The vacuum formed by Cupping draws up the old non-circulating stagnant blood and sticky fluids from the area, bringing them up to the surface and away from the injury so that healthy free circulation can be restored to the affected area, thus creating space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients for faster recovery.

Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, Cupping can leave marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.

The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a week - sometimes longer if the person is very sick or sedentary. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a pink marking which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours. If the person receiving treatment sweats a lot on a daily basis - no marks may occur.

 

AFTER CARE INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Drinking plenty of water is not just a suggestion but a must after receiving cupping! To facilitate the proper elimination of toxins, the body and its tissues needs to be adequately hydrated. Sometimes clients can report feeling sluggish or sore immediately after a cupping session. This is normal. Drinking plenty of water and getting adequate sleep will help lessen those effects. 

 

2. It is also recommended to avoid drastic temperatures after cupping.  Avoid showering, swimming, intense exercise, steams rooms or saunas, or any other exposure to the extreme cold or heat for 12-24 hours after a session. If you have any questions or concerns after a cupping session simply call our office and your therapist will return your call to help. Remember to ask questions! Never be afraid when trying something new but make sure you know what to expect.