Cupping Therapy is traditionally used in combination with an Acupuncture or Massage treatment. Cupping has been used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years.
Cupping brings fresh blood to the local area of the body where the cupping is being used. Cupping improves local and general circulation. Cupping is commonly used in musculoskeletal injuries and stiffness, and to improve common colds and flus.
Cupping can be performed in 2 ways:
1) As a Fixed position – the cup is placed on the body and left in that position for between 5-20 minutes.
2) Mobile Cupping – The cup is placed on the body, after massage oil has been rubbed into the skin and the cup is slid up and down along the skin.
Cupping may cause redness to the skin however that is because it is bringing blood flow to the skin and the very reason why it is so effective with reducing pain and improving mobility and the range of movement you have.