Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy (Myofascial Decompression) is a technique used to ease pain by using a suction to draw blood to and away from the localized area of pain or discomfort. The suction force inside the cup pulls the skin upwards. The suction from cupping breaks capillaries under the skin and allows the body to replenish the treated area with healthier blood flow. After treatment, you should expect some round red cupping marks but don’t worry these marks should fade within a week or two!

Cupping is not meant to cause pain although you might feel a bit of skin tightness during treatment and soreness after. Cupping may help reduce the pain and inflammation, reduce muscular tension, improve blood flow, and improve the range of motion.  Some conditions that cupping therapy can treat include back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches and migraines as well as hypertension.  Cupping is low risk therapy but talk to your healthcare practitioner before trying cupping if you are a candidate for the therapy.


Cupping therapy provides several potential benefits including:

Pain relief: Cupping therapy is often used to alleviate pain, including muscle pain, back pain, neck pain, and joint pain. The suction created by the cups is thought to help relax muscles, release tension, and promote the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid, which may help reduce pain and discomfort.

Reduced inflammation: Cupping therapy may help reduce inflammation by increasing blood flow to the affected area. Improved circulation can aid in the removal of inflammatory substances and promote the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tissues, potentially reducing swelling and inflammation.

Relaxation and stress relief: Many people find cupping therapy to be relaxing and stress-relieving. The gentle suction and massage-like effect of cupping can help soothe the nervous system, promote relaxation, and alleviate feelings of tension and anxiety.

Improved circulation: Cupping therapy can enhance blood circulation in the treated area, which may promote healing and recovery. Improved circulation can also help deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues while removing waste products and toxins, supporting overall health and well-being.

Detoxification: Some proponents of cupping therapy claim that it helps detoxify the body by removing toxins and impurities through the skin. Wet cupping, which involves drawing a small amount of blood, is believed to facilitate the elimination of harmful substances from the body. However, scientific evidence supporting the detoxification effects of cupping therapy is limited.

Enhanced immune function: Some people believe that cupping therapy can boost the immune system by stimulating the body’s natural healing processes and improving overall health and vitality. However, more research is needed to confirm these purported immune-boosting effects.

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