What Is Cupping?

Cupping, also referred to as suction cup treatments, is an alternative medicine that involves briefly attaching rounded inverted cups to certain parts of the body using a suction effect to suggest that the drawing of the skin inside the cups increases blood flow and circulation to that area. Suction cup therapy is an alternative medicine usually made of glass or silicone and are used in variable sizes. A professional practitioner will use a range of sizes and/or techniques, depending on the needs of the patient.

While our blood and different fluids do flow naturally throughout our bodies, they will at times need stimulation to circulate more efficiently thus alleviating a person’s discomfort. This alternative medicine will also integrate acupuncture to enhance the circulation resulting in a more restful and healing result.

Cupping has been used for thousands of years to restore balance in one’s body. Now, it's being used as an alternative medicine all over the world, especially sought after by athletes. It is often combined with other medical treatments or integrated with standard drugs to push the healing process.

What will Cupping Treat?

Cupping is known for treatment of pain and/or inflammation associated with:

  • Back pain
  • Headache or migraine
  • Knee pain
  • Muscle pain and soreness
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries and performance

Cupping is also known to scale back tension within muscles, to treat connective tissue issues, facilitate circulation, and it also can be restful for the patient, like a back massage.

Benefits of Cupping as an Alternative Medicine

Cupping may be an alternative medicine that can improve a person’s overall well-being without the need of pharmaceutical medication. The suction and pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, resulting in a better blood flow as well as calming the nervous system. This could very well assist in relieving blood pressure issues. At times, people have reported that they received some emotional relief – decrease in tension of their mind thus also calming the body after a cupping therapy treatment.

Cupping Side Effects

Cupping typically causes temporary red marks (bruising) on the skin wherever the cups area units are placed. However, within the overwhelming majority of cases, it doesn’t hurt. Rather, it feels like a deep-tissue massage, and it will give days of relief from tense muscles with any bruising dissipating normally in a few days.

In rare cases, swelling, dizziness, lightheaded, sweating and/or nausea have occurred. As always discuss all of your medical conditions with your practitioner prior to cupping therapy, acupuncture or any alternative medicine. We are always happy to answer any questions as well. Contact us by completing our quick contact form today and see how convenient our cupping therapy is for Plainview, Hempstead and Great Neck.

Cupping causes a stimulation to better circulate blood through the body.

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