What is Cupping Therapy? How does it work?
Cupping therapy is a practice of using of suction on the skin. This suction usually breaks capillaries, the small blood vessel bear the skin surface resulting in red marks where the cup was placed on.
Different Kinds of Cupping
- Fire Cupping:
Fire Cupping is a combustion that removes oxygen from the air and causes negative air pressure sucking the skin into the cup.
- Wet Cupping
During the process of wet cupping, the cups are placed on the skin and air is suctioned out using a suction cup. Wet cupping lets blood into the cup.
- Moving Cupping
Similar to dry cupping but involves applying massage oils to the skin first so the heated cup can glide over tense area.
- Dry Cupping
In the process of dry cupping, cups are placed on the skin and air is suctioned out using a suction cup. This method is commonly used by healthcare practitioners. Dry cupping is a safe and beneficial technique. In clinical studies, patient with neck and shoulder pain experienced a 61% decrease in pain after receiving dry cupping therapy.
What are the Health Benefits of Cupping?
Traditionally, cupping has been practiced for over 3,000 years in Chinese medicine and was also found to be practiced by the Egyptian and Ancient Greek. Hippocrates even used it. Nowadays cupping is practiced as part of traditional oriental medicine and Persian medicine. Cupping has been used by most cultures at one time or another and was even used by American Physician up until the late 1800’s.
Benefits of Cupping
- Relive Stiffness, Pan and Inflammation
Pain in the back or neck can be eliminated or reduced with cupping. The rising of the tissue is meant to relieve tension and stress in the muscles leaving you feeling loser.
- Break up Cellulite
Cellulite is a buildup of fat beneath the skin. Lymph drainage is said to help break up these fatty area and can be stimulated with the cupping process
- Alleviate Migraine
Migraines are sometime associated with inadequate or poor blood flow. One benefit of cupping is improved blood flow in the neck, cheek bones, and forehead helping the migraine subsides
- Increase Circulations and speed Healing
Because cupping creates localized inflammation. It can have this effect on stagnant injury in addition to stimulating more blood and lymph flow to that area.
In conclusion, cupping has being shown to help relieve pain and support healing. People may benefit from cupping if you suffer from neck, shoulder, low back or foot pain and it’s even been shown to be effective for osteoarthritis.