Cupping therapy is an alternate form of therapy that addresses the body’s myofascial, circulatory, and nervous systems. It is an ancient Chinese technique that is becoming more prevalent in the world of modern medicine. Glass or plastic cups are placed on the skin as a suction to lift the tissue and decompress underlying structures. The cups provide a negative pressure system which stretches and lifts the underlying tissue and reduces adhesions. It also increases blood flow and fluid movement bringing nutrients to the area and assists in draining excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways.
Cupping is used in physical therapy as an adjunct treatment and can be used in conjunction with dry needling, massage, and heat application. Once the cups are applied, they can be left stationary, removed immediately, or mobilized over the skin. Cupping therapy is versatile and can be easily modified to accomplish a range of techniques!
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Written by Jenna Cooper