Cupping Therapy (CT) is an ancient Chinese method of relieving local congestion and pain. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. The massage cups draw up the underlying tissues and creates negative pressure. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed, and localized healing takes place.
CT and Meridians
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the meridians of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping therapy is probably the best way to open these meridians.
Cupping therapy can be done under certain conditions for lymphatic drainage and also has been know to work well for improving the appearance of cellulite, scars and stretch marks.
Results of CT
- Decreases Chronic Pain
- Releases Tight and Sore Muscles
- Improves ROM
- Improve Mobility
- Improve Flexibility
- Softens Fascia
- Breaks up adhesions
- Improves appearance of cellulite
- Improves the appearance of Scars and stretch marks
CT has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is equivalent to a deep tissue massage without the pain associated with restoring muscle health. The cupping technique, is very useful and very safe. It can be said that it can not only be used for pain management but also to help resolve injuries and improve your sports performance.
At Pain to Performance Solutions we practice both traditional cupping therapy and medical cupping.