How Does Cupping Work?
Cupping works by positioning the cups on specific areas of the body and either letting stay in place for several seconds or minutes, or gliding the cups around the body according to the tissues that require the therapy. The cups create a suction that helps increase blood flow to the surface of the skin which promotes improved oxygen supply and cell metabolism, leading to a reduction in inflammation. While gliding the cups, known as running cupping, a stretch is often achieved in the muscles typically when a stagnant cup is placed at either end of the muscle. Running cups can also break up adhesions in the fascia (the connective tissue that runs throughout the body) and scar tissue, which can further stimulate healing. Cupping typically focuses on targeting connective tissues such as fascia and fibrotic tissues such as scarring and has shown to decrease cellulite.
What Are The Benefits of Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy has a number of benefits, depending on the problems/changes that have occurred in the tissues, how long the problems have existed, and the goals of the patients and/or cupping provider. These benefits include:
- Reduction in scar tissue
- Reduces chronic pain
- Improves blood flow
- Enhances the speed of muscle recovery and the general healing process
- Improves joint mobility
- Reduces fascial tension
- Known to relieve migraine symptoms
- Aids in detoxifying skin and blood
- Is used to treat chronic pain from conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as pain associated with physical injuries.