Cupping therapy began thousands of years ago as a treatment used in traditional Chinese medicine. Today you can still benefit from cupping’s ability to relieve pain, ease muscle tension, and improve healing. Veronica E. Trollerud, AP, DOM, and the team at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida have extensive experience using cupping to treat a variety of health conditions, including neck, back, and shoulder pain. To schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call the office in Coral Gables, Florida.
Cupping is a therapy performed using a globe-shaped cup made of glass, plastic, or bamboo. The open side of the cup is placed against your skin — often on the back, stomach, arms, and legs — then a vacuum created inside the cup gently pulls your skin up into the cup.
The traditional method creates the vacuum by putting a burning substance in the cup. As the flame goes out, the cup is placed on your skin, where a vacuum is created as air inside the cup cools. Modern cups have a built-in pump that’s used to remove air from the cup after it’s on your skin.
While cupping is painless, it leaves round bruises on your skin. These marks usually go away in a few days.
When using a technique called dry cupping, your specialist at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida places cups in strategic spots, leaving them there for 5-10 minutes. When oil is rubbed on your skin, your therapist can move the cups over your skin without breaking the vacuum.
Wet cupping is done the same way, except that your therapist at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida makes a small puncture before putting the cup in place. During wet cupping, the vacuum draws out a small amount of blood to release toxins.
As the vacuum pulls your skin into the cup, it increases the flow of blood and lymph fluids. The boost in circulation brings essential oxygen and nutrients to the surrounding tissues, while removing toxins and cellular wastes.
Your therapist at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida may also use cupping in a manner that’s similar to acupuncture, placing cups at specific acupuncture points and using their suction to improve the flow of energy through your body.
Cupping is often used to relieve pain, promote healing, and relax the surrounding tissues. The team at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida often uses cupping to treat:
Your provider at Acupuncture Centers of South Florida may combine cupping with another therapy like acupuncture or chiropractic to enhance your long-term results.
To learn if you’re a good candidate for cupping, schedule an appointment online or call Acupuncture Centers of South Florida.