Domain: Biology | Mechanics

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of healing found in many varied cultures and traditions.  It has been revitalized in our western medical culture as a form of myofascial release.  Cups can be made from glass, bamboo or plastic. Depending upon the tradition and approach of the provider, they will be placed on meridians or anatomical landmarks.  Sometimes there is use of oils or heat.  When the cup is applied and air removed, the underlying skin gets suctioned up into the cup and the skin will pinken, redden and likely bruise.  This allows stagnation in the body to be pulled toward the surface.  For use with fascial considerations, cups are often pulled along tissue planes or muscle lengths.

Cupping therapy may benefit:

  • Detoxification
  • Muscle/Soft tissue tension
  • Myofascial trigger points
  • Scar tissue
  • Circulation
  • Chronic pain
  • Stress
  • Immune system support