What You Really Need To Know About Cupping Therapy

What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping therapy is an alternative medicine therapy that has been practiced since the ancient times, over 3,000 years. This practice hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves in the Western world until the most recent Olympics where Michael Phelps among other Olympic swimmers have been seen with circles on their backs and shoulders. Yep, you guessed it, they have been receiving the Myofascial Decompression also known as Cupping Therapy.

It involves the use of special cups to create skin suction during the treatment. When these vacuum cups are placed on the skin, the blood flow to the area increases facilitating body’s healing process. An increased blood circulation relieves muscle tension, promotes cell repair, form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels. Cupping therapy is used to manage many conditions and ailments.

How Does Cupping Therapy Work?

The cups that are used in this method of treatment are made up of glass, bamboo, earthware or silicone. Majority of the time either glass or plastic cups are used for Cupping Therapy. There are two methods to create suction within the cup before applying to the skin; One, the eldest method, heating the inside of the cup with fire and then apply to the skin to create suction. As the cups cool down, the skin draws inside the cups. Second, a special cupping set is used that comes with a suction gun. After the cup is placed on the skin, the air is pulled from the cup by the suction gun.

There are two main practices of cupping used in cupping therapy in Brooklyn. They are dry cupping and wet cupping. Dry cupping only involves suction while wet cupping involves suction as well as controlled medicinal bleeding. The therapist will decide which method is most suitable for your condition.

In dry cupping, the cups will be placed on the skin continuously for about 5-10 minutes. With wet cupping, the cups will only be left in place for around three minutes. Afterward, the cups will be removed and small incisions will be made to draw blood. Then these cut areas will be covered with ointment and bandages. The skin will return to normal within ten days.

How Can Cupping Help You?

Cupping therapy can help people with blood disorders such as anemia, rheumatic diseases, fertility disorders, skin problems such as eczema and acne, high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety, depression, allergies, varicose veins, and pain. Cupping therapy can also be useful when you are taking other treatments such as medications and acupuncture and even support the whole treatment plan when combined.

This method of therapy is safe and has little side effects. The skin areas that touch the cups can show a mild discomfort, burning, and bruises. Infections might occur, but they can be prevented by applying antibiotic ointments after the skin incisions are made in wet cupping treatments. There is also a mild risk of skin scarring. But, all these risks can be reduced when the treatment is practiced by a well-experienced specialist.

While this treatment could be a great way of healing yourself, cupping therapy in Brooklyn is offered by Back to Health Physical and Occupational Therapy. If you’re in need of assistance to try Cupping Therapy out therapists will be more than happy to help. Call our office today at 888.538.0988 and schedule your first session at one of our four locations.

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