What is cupping?
Cupping is a technique used in conjunction with acupuncture.. The therapy promotes fresh oxygenated blood while also pulling stagnant blood out of a region stimulating healing. Cupping is generally painless procedure where a flame is quickly inserted and removed from a glass cup, which creates a vacuum. The cups are than placed on the skin and kept on from five to fifteen minutes.
How does cupping help?
After any injury, areas that have been affected now have a blockage of blood and body fluids. Injured joints become swollen and painful. Backs become stiff, painful and range of motion is limited. Over time, the body may be able to unblock these injured areas. Other times, the area continues to hurt and does not ever feel completely the same. Acupuncture and cupping speed up and assist the rate at which you heal and aids the body in its own ability to heal itself completely. This is done by moving blood flow to the area and increasing circulation.
After the therapy, cupping will often produce a red or purple circle upon the skin that may take a few days to heal. These circles are only dark colored if the area that is cupped has "stagnant" blood and body fluids. These circular discolorations and bruising occur in the process of drawing this stagnation out of injured areas and promoting fresh oxygenated blood flow. This is all part of the healing process. As you improve with each treatment, the circular discolorations will become less and less red. Everyone heals at their own unique pace and and some of the healing will also depend on how active you are, how well you treat your body (diet, posture, stress management) and how often you come to therapy.
Although cupping is a very safe and gentle therapy, if you are pregnant, have a circulation disorder, hemophilia, lupus, or diabetes, cupping may not be appropriate for you.
So in summary, cupping can help you overcome old and new injury by:
- Increasing circulation
- Increasing oxygenation and tissue delivery
- Remove old stagnant blood
- Cause micro trauma and beneficial inflammation
- Create new blood vessels
- Stretch fascia and connective tissue.