Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is another type of treatment in which cups are placed on the skin to create a habit. This drying is believed to promote healing by increasing blood flow to the area, reducing inflammation and improving overall circulation .

There are two main types of cupping treatments: dry cupping and wet cupping. Dry cups are made by applying the cups to the skin and leaving them in place for a few minutes. In wet cups, the skin is first punctured with a needle, then the cup is placed over the area and a small amount of blood is drawn.

Cupping therapy is commonly used to treat pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation and provide comfort. Some people also use it as a deep tissue massage.

There are different ways to do cupping. The steps vary slightly depending on the chosen method. Your provider will leave the cups in place for several minutes Some treatments involve briefly moving the cups to stretch and massage the area.. Some treatments involve briefly moving the cups to stretch and massage the area.

Cupping methods include:

  • Dry: Your provider heats the inside of each cup. The traditional method involves setting an alcohol-soaked cotton ball aflame. The heat sends oxygen out of the cup, creating a vacuum. A more modern approach involves using a suction device to remove air from the cups. The vacuum force pulls your skin up into the cup.
  • Running: This is like dry cupping. But before beginning, your provider will apply lotion or oil to your skin. Once they place the cups, they’ll gently move them in different directions over the affected area of your body.
  • Bleeding: Your provider uses a needle to lightly puncture your skin before placing the cups. This allows for the release of toxins through the suctioned blood captured in the cup.

Depending on the treatment, your provider may place multiple cups on your skin. On average, providers use between three and five cups, though they might use up to seven. It’s uncommon to get more than seven cups in a single treatment.

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