Cupping is used to soften tight muscles, loosen adhesions, lift connective tissue and increase blood flow to promote healing. The technique involves a practitioner placing sterile glass jars, or plastic cups on particular areas of your body. Cupping can be very effective for many issues like low back pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, headaches, neck pain and more.
The air will be suctioned out of the cup in order to create a vacuum. In only ten minutes of cupping we can drastically speed up the healing process. Upon removal of the cups there are usually colored circles that could be red, blue or purple. These marks are not bruising, it is actually old blood and cell waste that has been pulled to the surface. This is normal and can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Occasionally it can be a little sore similar to having a deep tissue massage.
Cupping is an extraordinary technique, and its effects can be immediate. The healing process may be shortened by weeks with its use. Cupping can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or it can be incorporated into an acupuncture session. The treatment usually takes about 20 minutes.