Cupping: glass or plastic cups are used to create suction on the skin, increasing blood flow to the targeted area and releasing muscular tension.
Cupping, derived from acupuncture, is a different way of stimulating the meridians of your body through applying suction to specific points. Cupping has become a popular adjunct to manual therapies, especially to myofascial release, because the suction enhances tissue mobility, reducing tightness and stiffness associated with myofascial restrictions.
Small cups, of varying sizes, are applied to specific places on the body, and the air is removed by a suction tube. Some therapists use heat to create a vacuum.
Cupping can leave a round red mark, but it’s only temporary. Cupping can be helpful for:
- Chronic pain conditions, back pain, musculoskeletal pain, arthritis, migraines, and other headaches
- Stress and anxiety
- Sports and exercise injuries
- Auto accident injuries
- Scar tissue release and recovery from surgery
- Postural imbalances and repetitive stress conditions
- And much more