Though this ancient therapy has increased in popularity in recent years, cupping has been used for centuries, and uses local suction to help reduce pain and inflammation. During a cupping session a practitioner places round cups, which are either first heated or manually pumped to create suction, directly on your skin. The cups are then left on your skin for several minutes to draw fluid into the intended area. This typically causes some discoloration due to broken blood vessels just beneath the skin, similar to a bruise.
Cupping has been popular in Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures going back thousands of years, but increasing numbers of people worldwide have been adopting it. During “dry cupping,” suction is applied to the skin for several minutes; sometimes it is combined with massage, acupuncture, or other therapies. (“Wet cupping” is similar except that blood is removed by making small cuts in the skin.)
For many patients, this therapy serves as an important component of a holistic treatment plan, and is frequently used to treat common issues such as: back and neck pain, skin diseases such as acne and hives, high cholesterol, migraines, and knee arthritis, and may even improve immune function.
Ready to get started? We service Montclair, Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Verona, and the CaldwalIs. Interested in learning more about how cupping can make a difference for you? Book a treatment online, or give our team a call at 917.587.0407 to learn more.