The practice of cupping has been traced back a few hundred years BCE. In modern times, it is used worldwide for a variety of ailments, and is experiencing quite the resurgence.
What is Cupping?
Cups can be made of glass or silicone, and are applied in such a way that it causes a “sucking” sensation of the skin. It creates a negative pressure, as if you were sucking on your thumb. It pulls the skin directly under the cup inside, sort of like the skin is being pulled into the cup.
How Does it Work?
There are a variety of physiological mechanisms behind the way in which cupping affects the body. First, it enhances circulation and causes vasodilation. Vasodilation is the widening of the blood vessels, which allows an increase in blood and oxygen to the area being treated, speeding recovery. Second, it can loosen adhesions. Adhesions are when two structures “stick” to each other, which normally do not. This can cause pain, limited movement, and reduced function.
What Types of Conditions Can Cupping Treat?
Some examples of the types of conditions or injuries cupping can help include:
- back, neck and shoulder tension
- low back pain
- frozen shoulder
- plantar fasciitis
If you are interested in asking some questions about cupping, book a free 15 minute consultation to find out more.