What is Cupping?

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Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of various materials, such as glass, bamboo, or silicone. The suction created by the cups is meant to promote healing and improve circulation in the body. It is often used to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve overall well-being.

How does cupping therapy help?

Cupping therapy is believed to help in several ways:

  1. Pain relief: Cupping therapy is often used to alleviate pain, including back pain, neck pain, and migraines. The suction created by the cups can help to increase blood flows, which can reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  2. Improved circulation: Cupping therapy is also believed to improve circulation by increasing blood flow to the treated area. This can help to reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation.
  3. Reduced inflammation: Cupping therapy is believed to help reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow and promoting the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body.
  4. Relaxation: Cupping therapy can be a relaxing experience, and many people report feeling less stressed and more relaxed after treatment.

How conditions can cupping therapy help?

  1. Musculoskeletal pain: Cupping therapy can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in the muscles and joints, making it an effective treatment for conditions like trigger points, back pain, neck pain, and arthritis,

How does cupping help with myofascial trigger point (MTP)?

Cupping provides a deep tissue massage that can release tension and adhesions in the muscles. Trigger points are areas of muscles that are tight and tender to touch. They can cause pain, discomfort, and restricted movement.

Cupping therapy uses suction to create a negative pressure on the skin, which pulls the muscles and tissues upward. This can help to stretch and loosen the muscles, breaking up adhesion and knots that may be contributing to trigger points.

The increased blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area can also help to flush out toxins and promote healing. This can help to reduce inflammation and pain associated with trigger points.

Cupping therapy can be used in combination with other treatment modalities, such as massage therapy or manual therapy, to help relieve trigger point pain and improve range of motion.

What are the overall benefits of Cupping?

Cupping has numerous advantages. Cupping has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of conditions, including chronic neck pain, low back pain, and fibromyalgia.

The cup suction produces a negative pressure, which improves hydration and blood flow to the body tissues, reduces tightness, and eliminates excess fluids. Cupping therapy can also help with treatment and relief of symptoms related to injury and illness.

It is critical to understand that cupping can cause circular bruises on the skin that last for two or three weeks. These bruises usually heal on their own and not cause for concern.


Do you suffer from chronic pain? As a result, are you finding it difficult to live the life you want ? Consult with our Chiropractor to see if cupping therapy is right for you. Make an appointment with Cedar Chiropractic & Sports today to learn more about the health benefits of cupping. We can assist you in regaining control of your health !

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