Cupping is an ancient technique used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and practiced throughout history in many countries, such as Greece, Russia, and Thailand.
Cupping involves placing a glass or silicone cup on the skin, and creating suction that gently pulls up the skin and fascial tissue to break up adhesions, improve blood flow and oxygenation, and to clear cellular debris. It is sometimes thought of as a “reverse massage” that pulls up tissues rather than pushing them down into the body.
There has been a recent resurgence and increased recognition of the benefits of this practice in North America. High profile athletes, such as Michael Phelps, have used cupping for pre- and post-workout recovery, reportedly enhancing their performance and recovery.
In TCM, cupping may be used alone or with acupuncture. It stimulates acupuncture points and meridians, promotes the flow of blood and Qi, and eases muscle pain and tension. It is also recommended for respiratory conditions such as asthma, stress, anxiety, migraines, and some digestive disorders.
Depending on the practitioner’s diagnosis and treatment, cups may be left in one place, or oil may be applied and the cups moved along muscle groups or meridians. Cupping should not be painful, but can leave temporary marks called ‘sha’ that vary in color from yellow to dark purple and fade within a week. The suction often immediately relieves tension and pressure, like a deep massage.
Cupping must be performed by a trained practitioner to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment, and may be contraindicated for certain conditions.
Our Clinic Acupuncturist, Sara Bjorkquist offers cupping as just one of the many therapeutic options available at Diversified Health Clinic.
For more information or to book your treatment, please contact the clinic at 250-382-0018 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.