Cupping is thousands of years old, Chinese healing method. Cupping uses glass cups that are lit very briefly to reduce the air pressure and quickly placed on the skin the create a suction. They are left to sit on the skin for 5-10 minutes to draw out impurities from the skin and nearby tissue.
How Cupping works?
The suction cups create a small bruise which stimulates the innate healing mechanisms of the body. When you cut or injure yourself a bruise develops naturally. The purpose of this bruise is to alarm the nervous system and the immune system to start the healing process by increasing circulation, bringing oxygen and anti- inflammatory pathogens to the bruised area.
Types of cupping
The cups are placed on the skin and left for 5-10 minutes. We use static cupping over tendons (the attachments of muscle to bone). Unlike muscles tendons are ropy, tight, inflexible and poorly oxygenated. Static cupping is also used over painful trigger points (painful knots). The result is increased circulation, decreased tension and decreased pain over the trigger point.
During this type of cupping the cups are moved over the length of a muscle or along the lines of the facia to create a deeper myofacial release. The movement of the cups and the suction causes the muscle and facia to lift and separate and breaks adhesions between them. With this technique we can get to deeper muscle layers than we can get to with our hands. The result is decreased spasm, increased movement and flexibility.
Does cupping hurt?
If cupping done correctly it should not hurt. You should however feel a moderate to strong pull on the skin. We use castor oil for the dynamic cupping to prevent scraping of the skin.
Where in the body can you use cupping?
Cupping can be used on the back, shoulders, arms, an legs. These are the conditions we use cupping for: back and neck tension and spasm, shin splints, ITB (illiotibial band syndrome), short hamstrings, gluts, quadriceps.
When is cupping contraindicated?
Over an open wound
Certain skin conditions – such as dermatitis
Over an area of swelling
When muscle tear is suspected
Cancer -leukemia, hemophilia
Over the kidneys – when kidney disease
Who should you trust with cupping?
Cupping should be done by a trusted licensed acupuncturist or chiropractor. Ask about cupping, we are happy to show you how it works!
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