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  • Post-Surgical Liposuction
    Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage is frequently recommended by plastic surgeons during the recovery phase following cosmetic liposuction. There is often a considerable amount of bruising and swelling to which MLD massage can help speed up the recuperation period. The tunnels created by the surgical instrument will fill with fluid and become swollen with fluid and left-over fat. This substance will begin to harden between 1-3 weeks after surgery. MLD helps to remove this substance by gently directing it back into the lymph passages, cleansing the extracellular spaces where it was trapped. The faster the excess fluid is excreted, the quicker the skin can retract and unevenness can be avoided. We recommend 4-6 treatments. Treatments can begin 1 week post surgery and there may be no open wounds or tubing.
  • Lymphedema
    Poor health conditions can interrupt the normal flow of lymph, causing lymph fluid to build up in a specific area of the body where it will cause swelling. This condition is called Lymphedema and most often happens in the arms or legs. Lymphedema can develop as a result of infections, cancer treatments that involve the removal of lymph nodes, and any condition that damages the lymphatic system. Length of treatments needed will depend upon the patients individual circumstance and type of lymphedema.
  • Breast Augmentation
    MLD after breast augmentation helps to prevent the formation of excessive scar tissue, both in the incision and around the implant. The treatment is designed to relieve congestion, swelling and discomfort. In addition, MLD will encourage symmetry, restore pain-free range of motion and also help to prevent capsular contracture. Many other types of breast surgery patients find MLD helpful in recovery as well.
  • Facial Procedures and Face Lifts
    Manual Lympatic Drainage can often expedite recovery. A specific series of light, rhythmic strokes reduces swelling and improves the return of lymph to the circulatory system. While many cosmetic procedure can benefit from MLD very soon after surgery, facial procedures may require a longer wait time before beginning any manuel therapy. As with any surgery or procedure, please obtain permission from your doctor before beginning any post-treatment.
  • Other Cosmetic Prodecures
    Manual Lymphatic Drainage is often recommended following these procedures as well: Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), VASER Liposuction, Buttock and Hip Augmentation with fat, and 'Mommy Makeover's".
  • Edema and Swelling Due to Injury or Inflammation
    Edema is the body's general response to injury or inflammation and is the result of fluid from 'leaky' blood vessels being released into nearby tissues. This fluid accumulates and causes the tissue to swell. Manual Lymphatic Drainage encourages the natural movement of this excess lymph fluid, improving the severity of the edema and its painful symptoms.

Cupping Therapy in Wilmington, DE

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Poor Circulation

  • Sciatica 

  • Insomnia 

  • Stress and Anxiety

  • Asthma 

  • Pneumonia

  • Chronic Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Lung Inflammation

  • Congestion

  • Migraines or Headaches

  • Edema

  • Bursitis or Tendonitis

  • 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)

Certified and Experienced Cupping Practitioners

There are several conditions that respond well to Cupping Therapy:

Olympic swimmer with cup marks at 2016 O

Olympic swimmer with cupping marks at the 2016 Olympics.

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.

Understanding Cupping Marks

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. 

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