Cupping involves placing cups on the skin to create suction and facilitate the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force.
The suction supports healing with blood flow. Cupping helps separate the myofascia from the muscle in order to release toxins and alleviate painful muscle adhesions. This modality helps to increase blood circulation, relax tight muscles and reduce pain.
Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This may relieve muscle tension, which can improve overall blood flow and promote cell repair. It may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue. People use cupping to complement their care for a host of issues and conditions.
There are various types of “cups”, such as cups made from bamboo, ceramic, metal, silicone and plastic. Modern cupping is performed using glass cups that are rounded like balls and open on one end.
There are two main categories of cupping performed today:
Your practitioner, your medical condition, and your preferences will help determine what method is used.
Cupping provides pain relief as well as muscular relaxation.
Cupping enhances overall health by removing energy blockages identified by TCM practitioners as impediments to the flow of healthy energy or Qi. Cupping may help athletes increase blood flow to a specific muscle region or decrease pain.
Other benefits include:
Cupping is a very low-risk therapy. Still, you may experience the following: