Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.
A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage-like effect. Occasionally, large dark circles that look like bruises can occur at the site of the cupping. (They are broken capillaries, not the bruises you see from blunt-force trauma.) Sometimes there are no visible effects, depending on the person, their skin and their ailment.
What cupping can help you with?
Cupping can affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing the tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks, and improve the appearance of varicose veins.
Sports Cupping Therapy
The use of cupping is a commonplace for maintenance, pre and post event injuries, detoxification and recovery. Sports cupping can significantly speed up the recovery time after an athlete’s hard workout, flushing out toxins before soreness sets in.
Cupping is not reserved for athletes but is a therapy used by all walks of life to relieve muscle tension, backaches, stiff neck and shoulders and other challenges brought on by stress, work and daily life.