What Is Cupping Therapy?

calendar TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019

What is cupping therapy? If you have ever heard of this, you might be wondering about its uses and benefits for treating pain and why it would be that your physical therapist might recommend cupping therapy.

It is a special technique which involves the use of special cups that are placed on the body and creates a suction pressure. It has its roots in the Egyptian, Middle East and Chinese society and dates hundreds of years back. The therapy has a plethora of advantages such as helping with skin inflammation, relaxation, blood flow, relieving pain, deep tissue massage, and general well-being.

The cups used are made from bamboo, glass, silicone or earthenware. There is wet cupping and there is dry cupping. Nonetheless, both have the same approach. The therapist will put flammable material inside the cup and as the fire goes out, the cup will be placed on your body upside down. As the hot air in the cup cools down, its volume reduces hence creating mild suction as it tries to fill the vacuum.

What Science Says About Cupping Therapy

Curious about what science has to say about cupping therapy? Research released in recent years notes the procedure could be used to treat herpes zoster, acne, and coping up with pain.

Other studies show that cupping therapy can help with skin problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, migraines, depression, anxiety, and more.

Possible Side Effects of Cupping Therapy

Cupping has been known to be safe when performed by a qualified therapist. However, you might feel or experience the following where the cup touched your skin. Other side effects may include:

  • Mild discomfort.
  • Burns and bruises.
  • Skin infections.

If you are thinking about starting cupping therapy consult your physical therapist. Talk to your cupping therapist to find out what the therapy will entail. Ask questions about whether or not this form of treatment is best for your condition and ask about the side effects and benefits before you decide. To find a physical therapist that performs cupping therapy near you, contact an Empower Physical Therapy location near you.