What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is an effective treatment used for various medical conditions, such as pain or soreness. In Chinese culture, cupping therapy originated as an alternative form of medicine. This technique was developed by the ancient Chinese. This type of therapy uses very cups that are filled with liquid (wet cupping) or not (dry cupping) to treat aches and pains. Many believe that this type of treatment originated in China. Today, cupping therapy is used in over 200 countries worldwide. Because of its proven effectiveness, many patients have found relief from their ailments.

What Are The Benefits of Cupping Therapy?

There are numerous cupping benefits. One of its many benefits is that it provides relief for various types of pain and soreness in the body. For instance, if you suffer from tennis elbow, arthritis, or other chronic conditions, cupping treatment can help provide you with temporary relief from the pain. As you may have guessed, this type of therapy is excellent for decreasing tightness and tense muscles. These specific muscles are often affected when someone is dealing with an injury or illness.

In addition to providing temporary pain relief, this therapy can also be quite beneficial as a treatment for anxiety and other health conditions. The practice has been known to produce significant improvements in the quality of life of patients suffering from such conditions as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and multiple sclerosis.

It has also been used for depression, insomnia, and other types of physical disorders. Because the practice is geared toward constriction of muscles, it can also be used to treat conditions like cramps in the muscles, migraines, menstrual pains, and other body pains. The increased blood flow and oxygen flow to the affected areas to stimulate the body's natural healing process.

Other cupping benefits is that you do not need any particular training in order to perform it. However, a proper certification is required by some states in order to legally perform it. Our TCM Acupuncturist, Chris Lanza is certified, trained and experienced in performing cupping treatment. If you are interested to book a session, contact our Burlington cupping therapy clinic.

Conditions Treated Using Cupping Therapy

  • Pain and soreness
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic conditions
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Menstruations
  • Insomnia

What is also interesting about cupping therapy is that it can be used in conjunction with acupuncture. It provides additional benefits and improve your recovery time. This practice helps to increase circulation, balance the nervous system, and relieve pain by relaxing the muscles.

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What Are The Types Of Cupping Therapy?

There are two main types of cupping. The cupping practitioner and your medical and physical conditions are what would dictate your choice of method. These are:

Dry cupping: This is the most common kind of cupping. It is carried out in the traditional way that cupping is usually done, by only using suction in the skin.

Wet cupping: In wet cupping, the practitioner uses the cups for the suction of the skin. Additionally, the skin is cut and some blood is allowed to flow out. This is medical bleeding, allowing for an enhancement of the blood flow.

What Should You Expect During Cupping Therapy?

During a cupping treatment, a cup is placed on the skin and then heated or suctioned onto the skin. If heated, the cup will be heated with fire using alcohol or paper that’s placed directly into the cup. The fire source is removed, and the heated cup is placed with the open side directly on your skin.

Our acupuncturist use a more modern method which is using rubber pumps to create suction versus more traditional heat methods. Both works the same way and provide the same result.

When the cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup cools and creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure. The cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. After the cups are removed, you may see mild bruising which usually go away within 10 days of the session.

Don't Do Cupping Therapy In Those Instances

  • Children under 4 years old
  • Seniors. The skin becomes more fragile as we age
  • Pregnant people. Avoid cupping the abdomen and lower back.
  • Those who are currently menstruating
  • Don’t use cupping if you use blood-thinning medication
  • Sunburn
  • Skin ulcer
  • Experienced recent trauma
  • Internal organ disorder

Overall, cupping benefits are great for those with minors injuries or minor symptoms but it can also relieve from psychological effects which is very helpful with people with mental health conditions. As an integrated care clinic, our Burlington cupping therapy practice combined with naturopathy, counselling, physiotherapy or acupuncture (including laser acupuncture) can improve considerably your recovery time.