Cupping therapy (aka myofascial decompression) is an alternative medicine therapy that creates suction over the skin to increase blood flow into a specific area. The decompression can be useful in the treatment of chronic overuse injuries such as bursitis, tendonitis, tendinosis, and other myofascial pain syndromes (low back, mid-back, neck pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain, etc.)
Cupping can be done with a variety of different types of cups including silicon and glass. The silicon cups that we use make it easier to attach and detach, and to move the cups along the skin.
The increase of blood flow to an area can promote healing and help ease pain. Many patients describe cupping as a feeling of relieving pressure, and others express that with the cups on they can no longer feel their pain.
A normal cupping session will take place in our exercise room. The patient will be lying down with cups placed on the body for stationary treatment, or the cups could be applied during exercise or movement. Depending on the area where we are performing the cupping will determine how much skin needs to be exposed. Usually, there is not an issue, but it is best to wear loose clothing or have undergarments (sports bra, spandex, shorts) worn so we are able to access to the area needing cupping. If the cupping is going to be done on an area that is not easily accessible with the clothes you are wearing, we may ask you to change into a pair of shorts or a different top. We can provide extra pairs of shorts at the clinic.
If you have any questions about cupping, feel free to contact the office or your provider to learn more. If you think cupping may help you or someone you know, call in and set up an appointment today!