Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient therapeutic practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. The suction is created by either heat or mechanical devices, and it draws the skin and underlying tissues into the cup. Cupping is often used to promote blood flow, relieve muscle tension, and encourage healing in certain areas of the body.


In cupping therapy our physiotherapist uses plastic cups or silicone cups. The cups are placed on the skin and the air inside the cup is heated or extracted, creating a vacuum effect that draws the skin and tissues upward into the cup. Alternatively, mechanical devices may be used to create suction. The cups are left in place for a few minutes or moved along the skin (known as gliding or sliding cupping) to massage the area.

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Dry Cupping: In dry cupping cups are applied directly to the skin without any additional substances.

Silicone Cupping: Silicone cups with suction properties are used instead of traditional glass or bamboo cups.

Cupping therapy is believed to have several potential benefits, including:

  • Increased blood circulation: The suction created by cupping can help improve blood flow to the area, which may aid in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
  • Muscle tension relief: Cupping can help release tight muscles and reduce muscle spasms by promoting relaxation and increasing local circulation.
  • Pain management: Cupping therapy is often used to alleviate musculoskeletal pain, such as back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain.
  • Detoxification: Wet cupping, specifically, is believed by some to help remove toxins from the body.
  • Relaxation and well-being: Many individuals find cupping therapy to be relaxing and stress-relieving.

Cupping therapy is generally considered safe when performed by trained professionals. However, some potential side effects may include temporary skin discoloration, bruising, or discomfort at the cupping sites. Rarely, cupping may cause burns, skin infections, or allergic reactions.


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