What is Cupping therapy.

Updated: Feb 26, 2020

Cupping therapy comes from eastern medicine, where traditional the practitioner would use glass cups placed on certain parts of the back to induce blood flow and reduce stagnation in the body.

Western Medicine has started incorporating cupping in soft tissue rehabilitation post injuries as well as a method for prevention and increased performance.

What types of cups are used?

Silicone cups fashioned to function as little plungers are most commonly seen in active therapy. Meaning, the silicone cups are placed on a certain part of the body that and the person is then put through various movement patterns in order to increase blood flow to that area.

Plastic cups with a special opening on the top to attached to a small vacuum or hand pump to create the suction. These cups are most commonly used in the office, and are mostly static, meaning they will stay on the body, back or extremities for 5-10 minutes.

Glass cups are used in fire-cupping.  Fire (usually a cotton ball soaked in alcohol ablaze on a forceps) is used to draw out the oxygen in the cup and create the suction. This is the most common technique in traditional Chinese medicine and used by Licensed Acupuncturists.

What are the benefits of cupping?

  • Help to relieve adhesions in the muscles and soft tissue of the body

  • Help relieve muscle hypertonicity

  • Help to reduce trigger points

  • Helps to increase blood flow to the injuries tissue for faster healing.

  • Help to prevent cramps and injuries as well as help alleviate cramps.

What are the side effects?

You will have round marks on your body following the cupping session. These marks will go away in 2-6 days. However, at Spine Rehab we combine our cupping therapy with Rock Tape for faster healing. Please read more about Rock Tape and the benefits of this Kinisio tape in the next blog post. Refer to the following two pictures of: Conor Mcgregor and Giannis Antetokounmpo and you see round marks, these are post treatment with cupping therapy.

Where can one receive cupping therapy?

At Spine Rehab Chiropractic: Burbank, we provide chiropractic adjustments along with cupping therapy to maximize the healing process. However, many professionals offer cupping therapy as part of their treatments including massage therapists, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturists.  The basic principles are the same, but the style and philosophy of cupping varies greatly. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us or comment on the blog.

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