What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping treatment was relatively unknown in the Western world until recent years. Michael Phelps came to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics with multiple red circle marks on his back caused by cupping, which led everyone watching to ask, "What is cupping?". 

Cupping treatment has been a common practice in China since around 1000 B.C., but possibly even as early as 3000 B.C. Cupping works by expanding the capillaries and at the same time, increasing the amount of fluid that is entering and exiting the tissues. 

The basic concept behind cupping therapy is suction. A cup is placed on the skin, a rubber pump creates suction inside the cup and blood flow rushes to the area inside the cup. Cupping can be used to treat chronic pain, muscle pain and stiffness, high blood pressure, fatigue and migraines.

The health benefits of cupping are:

Reducing Pain: One of the most common uses for cupping treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation in the body. As cupping increases blood flow, these tissue have an increase of oxygen and nutrients which in turn stimulates healing and pain reduction.

Increasing Circulation: Increasing blood flow and circulation from the vacuuming effect of the cupping treatment allows the injured or painful regions of the body to naturally heal.

Reducing Stress: Cupping therapy allows a reduction in stress as similar to acupuncture, it sedates the central nervous system. As cupping lifts pressure in tense muscles, it acts in a similar way to a deep tissue massage to reduce pressure and pain.

Treating Respiratory Issues and Colds: As cupping helps to move blood through the body, it has been found to reduce healing time from colds and other respiratory conditions. Cupping also improves immune function which allows the body to naturally heal itself. 

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