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What is Cupping


Cupping is a form of alternative medicine that has been popular in China since around 1000 B.C. Cupping in which a local suction is created on the skin. Is a completely noninvasive procedure that uses suction to professedly increase blood circulation, loosen tissue, and relax the nervous system.


Cupping is a form of Myofascial Release that can be held for a long time without using hands.

It is creating the same effect as deep tissue massage but the opposite. Instead of applying pressure, cupping lifts and creates space between tissue encouraging blood flow. Stress triggers the healing mechanism ( the body & blood nutrients healing and the white blood cells to repair the area to make it stronger.


Cupping is typically used to relieve muscle pain and soreness,

inflammation, stiff joints and to speed recovery from various ailments.

In traditional Chinese medicine, cupping is said to stimulate the flow of

vital energy (also known as “qi” or “chi”) and help correct any imbalances

arising from illness or injury.


A nice advantage to trying cupping therapy as an alternative medicine, is that cupping doesn’t have risks of unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery.


The following are Conditions in which Cupping would be Beneficial

               Achilles Tendonitis                                                               Arthritis                         

               Bursitis Tendinitis                                                        Elbow problems                                  Fibromyalgia (shoulder joint/hip & gluteal area)             Front Rounded Shoulders                             Frozen Shoulder                                                          General Hip Tension                         General Shoulder joint tightness                                      Golfer’s elbow Scoliosis                                   Hypertension                                                            Increase Metabolism                                       Inflammation                                                             IT Band restrictions                                        Knee problems                                                             Lordosis (low back)                                  Morton’s Neuroma                                                            Muscle Spasms                                             Plantar Fasciitis                                                       Restless Leg Syndrome                              Rheumatoid Arthritis                                                            Rotator Cuff                                                  Sciatica                                                                       Tennis Elbow                                             Tenosynovitis                                                               Tension Headaches                                                TMJ                                                                         Torn Meniscus                                               Torticollis                                                                        Whiplash     

Reduce Muscular tightness and pain (back, neck, shoulders, hips & buttocks)

Parkinson’s disease

Multiple Sclerosis (not during active flare-ups)

Cerebral Palsy

Change Perception of pain

Increase Range of Motion (in injured joints)

Reduce inflammation

Dull aching or sharp and burning pain

Sensitivity to touch


Help stimulate the lymphatic flow & boost your immune system and speed up healing time

Increase oxygen and blood flow in local areas

Receive effects in less time and effort than other treatments.


Entrapment Syndrome (Nerve compression syndrome or compression neuropathy) is a medical condition caused by direct pressure on a nerve, otherwise known as a trapped nerve. Symptoms include pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness. The symptoms affect just one particular part of the body, depending on which nerve is affected.


Cupping may cause dizziness and nausea and will leave “cupping marks” that look like bruising. This is a Hematoma which is a localized collection of blood outside of blood vessels, due to either disease or trauma including injury or surgery and may involve blood continuing to seep from broken capillaries. A hematoma is benign and is initially in liquid form spread among the tissues including in sacs between tissues where it may coagulate and solidify before blood is reabsorbed into blood vessels.


Conditions Where Cupping Can be performed & worked around the condition

Swollen, bruised or ulcerated skin           Skin lesions          Menstruating

Varicose Veins           Inflammation          New Tattoo           Acute infection

Orthopedic Implants              Undergone a medical procedure


Conditions Where Cupping Cannot be performed

Cardiac Pacemaker         Hemophilia         Thrombocytopenia        Anemic         Cancer

Any Disease that may case bleeding            Organ failure (renal, hepatic or cardiac)


Conditions where cupping can be performed with permission from Primary Care Provider

Cupping may be allowed in some cases, you will need to check with your Primary Care Provider.


Bruise easily        Pregnant          Cancer (in remission)         Anticoagulants (aspirin, warfarin, etc.)

Recent Medical procedure, if this is the area you would like cupped.


If you have any of these conditions please have your Primary Condition fill out a Cupping Authorization form. You can print one at this link: https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Abe0ac670-6c9b-47f0-bfa0-094b7347261c


Types of Cupping


Stationary Cupping – Leaving the cup on the skin with applied suction (3 – 15 Minutes), this technique will leave marks.

         Cups can have an effect as much as 4 inches deep into the human anatomy. Stationary cups create a deeper sense of penetration over the specific location.

        This application encourages slow separation of the many layers of tissue, in which the cups create a lift of the tissue from negative pressure, promoting blood vessels to dilate and slowly pull fluids toward the skin’s surface. This process allows the fluids in the tissue to slowly seep into the spaces being created between the layers of tissue, hydrating from the inside out, helping release stagnant particles such as old blood. Stationary cupping can slowly dredge what may be embedded within the soft tissue layer, bringing deep hydration to the layers.


The following techniques will cause your skin to become pink/red but will not last long.


Sliding Cupping – Cups that are attached to the surface of the skin using lotion, a light to medium suction and a sliding motion. Moving/gliding cups work on the superficial layers, down to the muscular tissue and visceral organs.


Lift and Release – Lift and Release encourages a gentle lift, separation and hydration of the tissues that may be too sensitive or irritated.


Flash Cupping – Applying multiple cups (2-6) over an area without leaving them in place for long. Using multiple cups in a quick succession of applications (almost like leap frog).


**Prior to your visit please drink plenty of water and have some food,

this will help eliminate nausea and dizziness**


Need more information on cupping, please visit the following sites:

Cupping is the Talk of the Town at the Olympics:



Massage & Bodywork Magazine July/August 2016



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