Medicupping is another form of massage therapy where cups or a machine is used to create a vacuum affect that pulls the muscle into the cup- which then lifts and hydrates the muscle. It helps assist in the removal of toxins due to the blood flow carrying the debris through the lymph nodes or pores.
Though this form of therapy is becoming trendy, it is not new. This dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern Cultures. One of the oldest Medical textbooks, the Ebers, had instructions for cupping therapy in 1550 B.C..
This form of therapy can be used to assist in a handful of different conditions such as scars/adhesions, arthritis, muscle aches, and sinusitis. Some say a few minutes of cupping is equal to 30 minutes of deep tissue work. If someone has a muscle injury, the healing process can begin sooner than later with some cupping therapy.
Reasons why some people get cupping therapy:
-Heal muscle injuries
-Shorten Recovery Time
– Lift toxins from Muscles
-Increased Blood Flow to particular muscle regions
Conditions Cupping Treats:
-Other respiratory issues
The bruising lasts for about a few days and fades away.
For patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, cupping may not be the best option for you and please consult your acupuncturist/massage therapist and Doctor to see what is right for you.
MediCupping and Acupuncture:
Cupping and Acupuncture are a great pairing together. The cupping’s suction and negative pressure will loosen the muscles, increase blood flow, and calm the nervous system. At this point- with the tension up, this can be released with acupuncture. Acupuncture is based upon the idea of “qi”, which is used to help with pain and movement issues. The practice is often used for pain relief but recently has moved into overall wellness promotion- especially stress management.
Is it painful?
Not at all! At least, it shouldn’t. It definitely feels different, like a deeper below-the-skin massage, but should not be painful.
How often should I get cupping?
For clients with intense chronic issues, 1-2 times a week. If the client has less serious issues: once a month should be perfect.
What should you not do after cupping?
For the next 4-6 hours after you receive a cupping session, please avoid the following:
-Caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy, processed foods. This slows treatment and dehydrates you.
-Hot showers, saunas, hot tubs, and very cold AC
-Cold & Windy Conditions.