Cupping may be a trend these days, but it’s actually an old alternative therapy that has been used by many ancient cultures including those in China, Egypt, the Americas, and the Middle East. An Egyptian medical text written in 1550 BC even described cupping.
Today, cupping is more closely associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine. During this therapy, the therapist will place special cups on the patient’s skin to create suction. That suction relieves pain by breaking up knotted muscles and stimulating blood flow. Cupping may be used to treat the following conditions:
- Back, neck, and/or shoulder pain
- Tight muscles
- Respiratory ailments like asthma, colds, and some allergies
- Gastrointestinal disorders like bloating or chronic indigestion
It can also be used as a form of deep tissue massage, and it can be performed either along with acupuncture or on its own.
How is it Done?
The cups are usually placed on the patient’s back. They may also be placed on fleshier parts of the body that work well with suction. The cups are left in place for a set amount of time. Afterward, the patient will notice red or purple discoloration in the treatment area. Such discoloration is normal and should fade in a few days.
Different techniques may be used in the cupping process, and we can discuss these with you in further detail during a consultation. This is also the time when we’ll determine whether or not the therapy is likely to benefit you.
The swelling and discoloration make cupping appear highly uncomfortable – but it isn’t. The discoloration occurs because the suction makes the blood vessels near the skin’s surface expand. Some clients may experience a pulling sensation as the therapist applies the cups. Again, the client should not feel all that much discomfort.
Who is a Good Candidate?
The ideal candidate will be somebody in good overall health. During a consultation with our experts at Persona Medical Spa in Houston, you can find out for sure if you qualify for cupping. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!