What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping has been practiced for thousands of years in parts of Africa, Middle East, and Asia before becoming more mainstream in today's North America. The deep drawing effect of the suction helps bring to the surface any stagnation and toxins that your body has been holding on to. Cups may remain stationary and may also be moved around in a massaging effect.
Cupping may assist with hardened muscles, edema, trigger points, tissue adhesions, poor or restricted circulation, scars, pain, and restriction of movement. Some conditions which Cupping Therapy is beneficial for include tendinitis, fibromyalgia, constipation, sciatic discomfort, headaches, plantar fasciitis, and athlete performance and recovery.
Following treatment, some side effects include mild local tenderness and sensitivity, redness, itching, and sometimes blistering. In most individuals, the "cup kiss" goes away in about a week or less.
Cupping is not recommended with the following conditions/situations:
- history of thrombosis or blood clots
- autoimmune deficiency
- blood disorders
- if currently on blood thinners
- if currently undergoing chemotherapy
- if currently fasting
- on areas of acute injury