Cupping is an alternative therapy that effectively eases muscle tension, alleviates acute and chronic pain, and boosts the healing process. The team at Peak Medical in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, has extensive experience in cupping techniques, so they can customize your treatment to get the best results. If you’re looking for options to relieve your ongoing pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy performed with globe-shaped, glass cups. The open side of the cup is placed against your skin, then a vacuum is created inside the cup, creating suction that holds the cup in place and gently pulls skin into the cup.
Traditional Chinese methods create the vacuum by placing a burning substance in the cup. As the flame goes out, the cup is placed on your skin and the cooling air creates a vacuum. Modern methods don’t use fire; they use special cups that contain a pump for pulling the air out.
Cupping doesn’t usually cause side effects other than leaving temporary, round bruises. It’s also important to know you shouldn’t undergo cupping if you have active inflammation or open wounds in the treatment area.
Dry cupping is the traditional method in which multiple cups are placed in one spot for about 5-10 minutes. During another type called wet cupping, your practitioner gently punctures the skin so the vacuum draws out some blood.
Some practitioners use a sliding technique, applying oil to your skin that lets them move the cup without breaking the suction. Sliding creates a massage-like effect that treats muscles spasms and pain in large back muscles.
Cupping therapy increases blood flow to the area, delivering oxygen and nutrients essential for healing. It also loosens the underlying connective tissue and relaxes tight muscles, much like a deep massage.
As cupping boosts lymph circulation, cellular toxins and wastes are eliminated. When the cups are placed along the traditional Chinese meridians used during acupuncture, your cupping therapy can help unblock and rebalance qi (or chi), the natural flow of energy through your body.
Cupping is often used to relieve pain and boost your body’s healing response. Various studies suggest that cupping therapy can help treat chronic back pain and neck pain. It’s especially beneficial for muscle strain and overuse injuries.
Your doctor at Peak Medical may recommend combining cupping with other alternative therapies such as acupuncture, which enhances its overall effect.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of cupping, call Peak Medical today or book an appointment online.