What is cupping therapy?
Cupping therapy is a therapy that is performed using special ventuses (cups) from which we draw air using a hand pump and create a vacuum at the application site. The vacuum pulls the soft tissue inside the glass and creates a space for the departure of toxic and inflammatory elements with “old” circulation and promotes bringing of “new” circulation with oxygen, proteins, and other nutrients to the targeted segment of the body.
The goal of cupping is to reduce muscle tension, increase the flow of “old circulation”, increase the flow of “new circulation”, reduce inflammation in the tissue and increase mobility.
Some of the many famous athletes using this therapy are UFC fighters Conor Mcgregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, the most successful swimmer in history and Olympian Michael Phelps, NBA player Giannis Antetokoumpo and many others.
Cupping has proven to be a therapy that is widely used in the world, and some of the most common conditions and diagnoses in which it is applied are:
- inflammatory processes in the joints
- pain in the spine and back
- sports and traumatic injuries
- rheumatic diseases
- tension, anxiety and chronic fatigue
- headaches and migraines
- overtraining in professional athletes
- cellulite removal treatment (outside the sphere of physical therapy but it is done in beauty salons)
- allergies and asthma (also outside the sphere of physical therapy)
- problems with digestion (outside the sphere)
How does cupping work?
The technique works through several different mechanisms, which are:
- improving circulation
- "breaking" muscle tension and providing muscle release
- increase in the range of movement in the joints
- calming the inflammatory process within the treated segment
- increased lymph flow
- detoxification (cleansing) of the body
In our office we mainly use Achedaway cupping device that has 3 types of action:
- dynamic cupping - the device performs dynamic cupping in various programs in which, depending on the goal of the therapy, it alternately increases and reduces the strength of the vacuum to relax the treated muscle, stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation inside the joint
- local massage - the device also performs a massage that further relaxes the tissue and stimulates local circulation
- infrared light therapy - primarily reduces inflammation inside the joints and muscles and further helps to reduce the pain
Frequently asked questions about technology:
Short answer: No.
Longer response: Traces of cupping appear in response to increased local tissue circulation.
Traces usually disappear within 5-6 days. In extreme cases (when you have a more serious problem), traces may persist for up to 2 weeks.
The "circles" that remain after the use of cups in most patients are completely painless to the touch.
If the patient has a larger problem, he can have a slightly more extreme reaction in the first few days, and the traces may be slightly more sensitive to touch.
After cupping treatment you will be extremely relaxed, slightly tired and calm.
There is a chance of a mild degree of dehydration and it is necessary to drink plenty of water that day to further stimulate tissue regeneration.
It is also recommended to rest and get a good night's sleep on the day of treatment.