The use of cupping as a modality to treatment has been around for centuries, and recently there has been an increased popularity for this. From celebrities to top end athletes competing in the Olympic Games. We can see some of these circular marks on the skin of people’s backs, necks and shoulders.
To understand the benefits of cupping you have to grasp an understanding of what it is. Cupping is the use of placing an inverted plastic/bamboo/glass jar onto the surface of the skin, meanwhile creating a vacuum inside the jar to raise or suck up underlying tissue into the cup. With new tools developed for cupping, cupping can now be done safely without the use of small flames to create the necessary suction. The purpose of cupping is to improve circulation, remove harmful toxins in our body and pain relieve. You can think of cupping as an inverted form of massage where muscles are pull away from the body versus application of pressure on the skin. Cupping can be combined with various forms of treatment such as acupuncture in order to further improve various pain conditions and muscle tension.
Having mentioned the benefits, it is best to consult with a licensed medical practitioner in order to determine whether or not cupping is the right treatment for you and your condition. A throughout assessment and understanding of your current condition will allow our team of rehab professionals such as physiotherapist, massage therapist and acupuncturist to find the best course of action for you.