Cupping is a treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other traditions around the world which uses cups to create suction on the skin to promote healing & detoxification. When suction or vacuum is created on the skin, it pulls blood and lymph to the surface and stimulates healing in the local area; enhancing circulation, releasing muscle tension, promoting lymphatic drainage and circulation of qi. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping treatment opens up “meridians” on the body, allowing qi to flow through and stimulate corresponding organ systems. This therapy is effective in relieving pain, and is a good alternative to acupuncture or massage.
What Does Cupping Treat?
Cupping can be used in acute or chronic conditions. This therapy mimics massage movements ranging from deep tissue and myofascial release to light pumping for lymphatic drainage. Cupping can be used to treat conditions such as: fibromyalgia, edema, inflammation, joint pain, muscle tension, scar tissue, cellulite and more.
What are the Benefits of Cupping Therapy?
- Relieves tight muscles
- Promotes circulation
- Clears blockages
- Reduces cellulite and promotes weight loss
- Clears congestion
- Relieves joint pain & improves mobility
- Moves lymphatic system
- Detoxifies skin & blood
- Realigns flow or qi or energy
What Can I Expect?
For best results, regular treatments can help restore health and prevent conditions from returning. Cupping is very safe and can be done in children & adults. The therapy is very relaxing and most people experience benefits in the first treatment. Some individuals may experience temporary cupping marks which can indicate areas of concern in the body are generally painless.
Dr. Leena Athparia, ND has additional training in traditional cupping, soft cupping, magnetic cupping and facial cupping and has a focus in treating pain and muscular conditions. Please contact the clinic if you are interested in learning more about how cupping can help you.