Cupping is a traditional therapy wherein a practitioner suctions the soft tissue of the skin of a patient’s back using a glass cup and fire. This serves to move qi and mobilize the flow of blood, increasing circulation and clearing stagnation. It is a very therapeutic and warming technique that is devoid of pain and feels great!
What Is Cupping Therapy—And Should You Try It?
Do you have any of these symptoms?
Chronic back pain?
Constant strange headaches?
Muscle pain that leads to fatigue?
Cupping attacks more of the phytsical side where acupuncture is to the mental side. It is an ancient therapy that’s based on the belief that certain health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and a poor energy flow through your body.
To fix or prevent those health issues, cupping practitioners apply cups—typically glass or silicone—to your skin to create a pressure that sucks your skin inward. That increased blood flow can relieve muscle tension, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation .Generally, cupping is used to treat chronic pain—back pain and headaches . We’re often tensing our muscles when we’re stressed—especially when we’re hunched over our computers and our phones—and that muscle tension can result in physical pain, which is what cupping helps reduce. When people are suffering from physical pain, that means that inflammation has increased locally in that area. Cupping, then, improves blood circulation in that area by attracting immune cells to that location to increase the repair and recovery process, so that the swelling can go down.