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number one reason for receiving a massage was medical or injury related.”
Cupping Therapy yields amazing results for serious complaints requiring deep tissue or clinical massage. It's safe, comfortable, and highly effective for many health conditions. Because pressure can be adjusted and is non-invasive, cupping is suitable for all ages. Cupping therapy feels really great!!
Cupping is the application of suction to the body. By creating this suction (negative pressure), cupping:
releases rigid soft tissue and joint stiffness
drains stagnant blood, lymph, and toxins
loosens adhesions and myofascial restrictions
brings fresh blood flow to stagnant areas
Cupping helps relieve symptoms from a wide variety of conditions:
Head/Neck/Face (sinus, headache, TMJ, whiplash, bells palsy, facial paralysis)
Shoulders/Arms (frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel symptoms)
Legs/Feet (shin splints, plantar fasciitis, foot drop, cramps, IT Band problems)
Spine related symptoms (SI joint pain, spinal stenosis, spondylosis, scoliosis, nerve root compression)
Pre- and Post-Surgery (scar tissue)
Sports Injuries and Prevention of Sports Injuries
What are cup marks?
Cup marks are not bruises. Bruising is caused by impact trauma with compressed breakage of capillaries and a reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged location from the tissue injury. There is no compression in correctly performed suction cup therapy. Although it is quite common during Stationary Dry Cupping (left static for 5 - 20 minutes) to achieve dramatic 'marks' or 'discolorations', the less aggressive action of moving the cups, minimizes the intensity and duration of the discolorations. Often, when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient pathologic factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on the epidermis. As treatments cumulate, stagnation and buildup releases, dispurses and drains – (sometimes as quickly as the 2nd treatment). Although the marks look painful, mostly only minor discomfort is felt. Often an immediate sense of relief is felt.
What are the side effects of cupping therapy?
The side effects of cupping are typically more intense after the first few treatments but they lessen dramatically as your system becomes accustomed to treatments. Side effects include:
sleepiness, great sleep, vivid dreams, euphoria, mild insomnia, extra energy, night sweats, heightened senses, intense hunger, food cravings, thirst, loss of appetite, emotional release, restlessness, chills, increased warmth of the skin surface, increased bowel and bladder elimination, stronger body odor, and mild soreness and discoloration of the skin.
However, side effects are short lived after treatment and generally mild.
Does cupping therapy hurt?
Some discomfort can be felt, depending on the individual's muscles and tissues. The suction level can be adjusted by the therapist to maintain a comfort level during the technique, so please keep in communication with your therapist and let her know if any unusual discomfort or pain is felt.
Who shouldn't get cupping therapy?
Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, i.e. cardiac failure, renal failure, hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis. Cupping should not be applied on the portion where hernia exists or has occurred in the past.
Is cupping therapy safe for pregnant women?
For pregnant women, cupping on the the lower abdomen, medial leg and lumbosacral region should be avoided.
Cupping Therapy is
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Cupping enhances these manual therapies:
Deep Tissue Massage
Trigger Point Therapy