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.

fire cupping - glass cup is having a flame inserted to create a suction with the glass onto the client.
The heat of the flame causes the glass to suction to the skin of the patient, thus creating a vacuum affect and pulls the muscle into the cup.

Reasons why some people get cupping therapy:

-Heal muscle injuries

-Shorten Recovery Time

– Lift toxins from Muscles

-Increased Blood Flow to particular muscle regions

 

Side Effects:

-Bruising

Conditions Cupping Treats:

-Congestion

-Asthma

-Pain

-Digestive Complaints

-Plantar Fasciitis

-Carpal Tunnel

-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.

cupping - glass cup has the air inside of it heated to create a suction onto the clients back and used to pull the muscle up
woman lying on her stomach getting cupping done on her back. There are 6 glass cups that are gently suctioned to her skin.

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

-Intense Exercise

-Cold & Windy Conditions.

 

Find homeostasis and relax while your body finishes the healing process on its own.