Cupping Therapy

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping is a technique based on the common practice of Chinese cupping therapy. The cups are designed to use negative pressure to suction or pull  the skin, tissue, and muscles up in to the cup.  This was traditionally done by using fire within the cup to create suction. Now it is done with a manual vacuum pump.  The cups are typically left on from 3mins to 10mins at a time.

There are two different types of Cupping used at BEST Peformance & PT:

  1. Static Cupping
  2. Dynamic Cupping

Static cupping therapy is when the cups are left on the body for a certain period of time and used for localized problems. Dynamic cupping is when cups are placed on the body and are moved or the patient moves with the cups in place.

What are the benefits?

Cupping Therapy is a versatile technique that complements many health modalities and manual therapy techniques. It provides a number of benefits that result in pain relief by:

Release of muscle tension, detoxification, myofascial release, re-hydrating the injured tissue And returning oxygen and blood to injured tissue while removing the toxin and waste Decompression of tight muscles.
Decreasing swelling and edema by improving circulation

Why is it important to remove these ‘toxins and waste’ from the body?

Toxins and waste naturally occur within the body from cell activity, but when excessive, you can feel symptoms of soreness, pain and stiffness. After an injury, swelling causes the release of waste and toxins from the unhealthy tissue.
Removal of toxins ultimately leads to muscles functioning more efficiently and smoothly. It is important to remember that after treatment, you should re-hydrate.

What are the circles left by cupping?

The marks are not bruises. They are typically broken capillaries from the suction. Some say the marks are the result of having internal unwanted toxins pulled up to the skin. This is a normal skin reaction. The extent of the mark depends very much on the length of the treatment time and the strength of the suction. The cupping marks can range from a light pink, to a bright red, to a dark purple depending on the amount of stagnation present in the tissue. Often times, the tighter the fascia is in the area, the darker the circle left behind. It typically takes about 4-10 days for the circles to disappear.