Cupping is a form of myofascial release which uses negative pressure to break up adhesions, increase blood flow, decrease muscle tension, and increase range of motion.
Cupping uses suction to create negative pressure on the skin and underlying tissues. The suction is created in one of two ways: a flammable substance being placed in the cup to create a vacuum, or a pneumatic pump used to remove the air. By pulling on the tissues, adhesions between the skin and muscle are corrected. This allows the skin and muscles to move more freely, thereby increasing range of motion. Also the suction brings blood to the area which helps decrease inflammation and aids in healing.
Cups are applied and left in place for about 5-20 minutes. Sometimes the cups will be moved and applied to a different area. After the cups are removed, the skin is cleaned, a topical analgesic may be applied to further soothe the area.
From a traditional Chinese medical (TCM) point of view, the mechanism of action is very similar to acupuncture. Pain arises from a lack of free flow of blood and energy (Qi) in any given area. The suction created by cupping allows for that stagnation to be mobilized so that fresh blood and Qi can permeate the area and facilitate healing.
What Conditions May Respond To Cupping?
- Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Back Pain
- Muscular pain and spasm
- Neck Pain
- Shingles Pain
- Stress Management
Are There Any Risks Associated With Cupping?
The risks associated with cupping are mostly cosmetic. “Cupping marks” are areas which can vary from light pink to dark purple in coloration that fade as they heal over the course of 1- 2 weeks. These marks are the result of blood being pulled into the area being treated. The marks are not painful and go through a healing process similar to a bruise. Some mild discomfort may be felt during the cupping treatment. Although this depends on the area being treated, the patient’s tolerance, and condition of the underlying tissues.
How Many Treatments Will It Take?
Treatment frequency varies depending on the patient and the condition.
How Much Does Cupping Cost?
Cupping therapy is typically not covered by insurance. However, you may call your insurance to find out. If not covered, GCSP offers low and competitive rates in order to make cupping accessible to everyone.
Please call us to learn about our rates and packages.
Who Specializes in Cupping at GSCP?
Nicole Brod, DC
Dr. Nicole Brod is a chiropractic physician whose philosophy is to provide individualized, one-on-one patient care that is focused on returning the patient to optimal health by incorporating manual therapy, nutrition, acupuncture, and exercise as part of a holistic approach.Read More