Cupping therapy

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. 

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MMA fighter cupping therapy

Cupping diagnoses

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:

  1. dynamic cupping - the device performs dynamic cupping in various programs in which, depending on the goal of therapy, it alternately intensifies and reduces the strength of the vacuum in order to relax the treated muscle, stimulate circulation and reduce inflammation within the joint
  2. local massage - the device also performs a massage that further relaxes the tissue and stimulates local circulation
  3. infrared light therapy - primarily reduces inflammation within the joint and muscles and additionally helps to reduce the pain
Cupping therapy MMA fighters

Povijest Cupping tehnike


Frequently asked questions about technique:

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. 

Why our therapy?

Progress after the first treatment.

We work on quick and long-term solutions for the problem and after the first treatment you will feel improvement and relief of the symptoms.

Friendly clinic

In our clinic, we maintain a pleasant and friendly atmosphere so that you do not have additional stress.

There's no maintenance

We provide effective and long-term solutions for your problem in order for you to save money and time!

Cupping course

Targeted rehabilitation plan

1. step: Book an appointment

By e-mail, message or call we will book you the first appointment in which we will find out and explain the exact problem.

2. step: Rehabilitation plan and program

In cooperation with you, we create an individual, fast and effective rehabilitation plan and program that will surely lead you to optimal condition.

3. step: Return to normal life

Finally you will be pain free again and move with ease.

Reviews of our patients

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hrvoje slavkovhrvoje slavkov
17:06 25 Sep 23
Pozz svima koji čitaju i ekipi Ad sacrum, točnije Toniju...ukočena cijela lijeva strana leđa i vrat..visok tlak , 3 god tableta svakodneno, ..itd itd..3 tretmana kod mladog gospodina i nevjerojatno, čudesno, 5 dan tlak mi se stabilizirao 120/80, ne uzimam tablete.buđenje ujutro je top, bistrina, ..jednom riječju odlično...još 1 put hvala Toni i preporuka svakome
Lucia MartinezLucia Martinez
15:15 21 Sep 23
Nakon puno neuspješnih fizikalnih terapija s dijagnozom smrznuto rame i tendinitis došla sam do Tonija koji mi je u samo 5 tretmana suhom iglom uspješno otklonio tegobe.Sada imam puno bolji opseg pokreta i upala je potpuno nestala.Opet, veliko hvala za sve.
Ivan VrbanIvan Vrban
05:50 20 Sep 23
U tri tretmana uspješno su otklonjeni dugogodišnji problemi s trncima u rukama i ramenima. Izuzetno sam zadovoljna rezultatima tretmana. (Nema veze) palac gore!
Peter NevisticPeter Nevistic
17:56 25 Aug 23
Toni is very professional and professional in his work, after only two treatments he removed chronic pain in my back and shoulder!! A warm recommendation 👍
Seki EmperorSeki Emperor
21:55 30 Jun 23
Toni Marić and dry needling are all you need for severe pain in the thoracic part of the spine. From extremely severe pain when getting out of bed to painless condition in only two treatments. All praise and recommendation!
Mateja BaršićMateja Baršić
06:03 28 Jun 23
There are few words to describe my experience with Tony and Ad sacrum.After a few months of severe pain caused by" false thinking " pain in the gluteus, pain in the groin, pain in the spine that went forward where I had trouble standing, walking and sleeping. The man was already on the first term without much philosophy to go to work. After a few visits, the pain disappeared.
Nikola SmrčekNikola Smrček
14:46 08 Jun 23
There are few words to describe my experience with Tony and Ad Sacrum.After several months of severe pain caused by sciatica through the right leg, where I had problems getting up, sleeping and sitting to minimal pain, increased mobility and education itself what to do or not to do as I did not put myself in a similar situation. Great experiences "straight to the point" Education and application of Toni Marić's therapy.Recommendations to anyone who has orthopedic problems!
Ivo DujmovIvo Dujmov
18:51 05 Jun 23
I thank Tony for his great music, professionalism and treatment 👍 😎 I am a squash player,coach and coach!It is a one-sided sport where the back,neck, etc... I had problems with the left side of my neck,back to the lumbar region... massage and chiropractic for 10 years helped,but in the short term and never until the end!!! For the first time in 10 years I feel that my back is great,that I am light,without pain and limited movement during rotations in the game and that nothing hurts after a tournament,and I was only on 4 therapies 💪 💪 💪
Valentina 5393Valentina 5393
15:22 28 May 23
After years of pain in the lower back, I run into Tony and decide to go for treatment. After 2 sessions I feel like new, the tension and pain are completely gone. What impressed me the most was that he was a completely relaxed character, without much philosophy he explained everything “Lay” and did the most important thing.I would recommend to everyone
Mario RodinMario Rodin
17:15 26 May 23
I came to Tony's for severe pain in the lower leg and it turned out that I had chronic soleus inflammation. My muscle was very cramped from running too much and it was giving me severe pain throughout my leg. Tony gave me 4 dry needling treatments and solved my leg. It feels great and I can finally gradually return to training. The man knows what he's doing.
17:46 17 May 23
My first encounter with needle therapy was extremely enjoyable. In a calm and relaxing environment, a professional and experienced therapist explained to me the principle of action and uses these techniques.The therapist carefully examined my health condition, listened to my concerns and desires, and adjusted the treatment to give me the best possible experience. This individualized care was incredibly effective and osnažujuća.Na finally, my problem was solved very quickly and I am extremely satisfied with his service:) my recommendation!
Jadranka AvdićJadranka Avdić
09:18 29 Mar 23 word that says it all. In 4 treatments, the pain and other symptoms that had accumulated over the years were removed. Toni really knows what he's doing. I can hardly find words of praise for this young man who, firstly, is very professional, and secondly, very kind and eloquent, so that he makes the treatment, which is a little uncomfortable, more pleasant, and shorter. In any case, for every recommendation!!! When it hurts again, I will go to Toni :).
Anja GrgicAnja Grgic
11:50 13 Dec 22
I booked the first appointment based on a recommendation due to long-term problems with the lumbar region, cervical spine, migraines, tingling in the feet and sciatica in both legs. With the first treatment, we solved the inflammation and pain in the upper back and trapezius, for which I ended up in the emergency room before arriving. With the second treatment I no longer feel sciatica or tingling in my feet. My body is recovering phenomenally every day. I booked a third appointment, so long-term constant problems (12 years!!!) Toni solved in just 3 treatments. I am delighted with the approach and professionalism of physiotherapist Toni. It is not enough to say that I am grateful and sincerely recommend it from the bottom of my heart.
11:30 08 Dec 22
Extremely professional approach, excellent treatment with a noticeable difference after each treatment. Also very relaxed atmosphere, the best of two worlds can be said, I absolutely recommend to everyone!
Bojan MihalicekBojan Mihalicek
21:30 17 Nov 22
I came with a problem of the cervical and lumbar spine (which lasts 15 years), tingling in the legs (as a consequence of sciatica), and injury of the ankle and Achilles tendon of the leg from a year ago. He solved all my problems with dry needling and chiropractic techniques. Tony is extremely accessible and explains everything he does in detail. Expertise, customer relationship, and communication are at a very high level. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who has not been helped by conventional techniques.
Bernard ButoracBernard Butorac
21:10 17 Nov 22
I came to Tony through the recommendation of a handball player friend and I did not regret it. In several treatments, he solved the problem of a painful cervical spine and jaw that was painful to the movement and bite. The mobility of the jaw is very important to me because I'm in the singing business. The boyfriend also came with a problem with the cervical and lumbar spine, tingling in the legs, and injury to the wrist and tendon of the leg. He solved our problems with dry needling and chiropractic techniques. Toni is very approachable and everything he does he explains in detail, and also without hesitation you can ask him anything you want to know, so we let him in without fear. Business, expertise, customer relationship, and communication 5+.
Vesna KlanacVesna Klanac
17:44 28 Oct 22
After two dry needling treatments, my shoulder and neck loosened up, and the tension eased enough that after two months I finally have no headaches and no more dizziness. After the third dry needling treatment, the remaining pain on the right side, like muscle tension, has almost disappeared. I'm looking forward to the last treatment. Although it is known as a painful treatment, it was very tolerable for me, and it even seemed very relaxing. I am very glad that I found Toni on IG.
Sonja BrajkinaSonja Brajkina
04:31 12 Oct 22
Physio Toni is a very pleasant, educated and humble young person, who knows his job without much mystification and philosophy "hits the head" and immediately goes to solve the problem as quickly as possible and more than successfully. In communication, he is also pleasant and measured, adapts to the patient and has wide knowledge and can talk to him about various topics, which makes the treatment even easier and leads to the feeling that the treatment lasts much shorter than it really does.So successful in my case that after 9 months of almost vegetating due to enormous pain, after the first treatment, I started walking at least 5 km a day, and after the second I started again working out! I can only recommend this young expert in his field and say a big thank you to him.
10:11 26 Sep 22
If I could give 100 stars, it would be small. It's actually hard for me to put together impressions and sentences and to fully express how grateful I am. What a relief after years of shoulder discomfort and inability to rotate, when you finally manage to rotate your shoulder all the way. No pain! Tony's expertise, knowledge, and love for his job are evident in his every sentence. The problem is approached directly, without BS, immediately tells what and how to expect. I had high expectations that he exceeded. Tony, thank you!
16:37 24 Jul 22
The man, without any philosophy, quickly and efficiently solved the problem of the lower spine, which had followed me for more than five years and which I thought would remain chronic. I recommend everyone to go and let Tony examine him and decide which solution is best. Tony, thank you again!
Janja MuzinaJanja Muzina
07:42 14 May 22
I'm gonna use the kids 'dictionary and say," I don't like dry needling!". With the recommendation of a friend who I talked to about the pain I was living with due to a messy life and long hours of computer work, I came to Tony for treatment. During the treatment, Tony eased my pain by talking and explaining. I went back for another treatment. Today I live without pain and I recommend Tony to everyone for his professionalism, expertise and human approach with respect to the client.

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