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What is Cupping Therapy? Benefits and Dangers of Cupping

What is Cupping Therapy? Benefits and Dangers of Cupping

What is cupping therapy?

Cupping is a technique that uses glass, plastic or silicone cups as suction applied to the skin to influence circulation. By producing suction with said cups, a decompression factor is created.

Think of cupping as a reverse massage.

Instead of compression being applied to the body, the decompression helps lift the body’s tissues into the cup and disperse or break up any local stagnation.

Cupping therapy benefits relieves muscle tension, reduces inflammation and improves circulation.

Does cupping therapy work?

There are two different forms of cupping therapy.

One is stationary cupping, which when once applied the cups do not move. The other is sliding cupping, which allows cups to be moved gently across the body while maintaining suction.

Both forms of cupping produce the same effects, but in some cases one can be more beneficial than the other. Typically, once the cups have been applied, they remain in place and hold suction for about ten minutes.

Cupping therapy works to improve your overall blood flow and promotes cellular repair to also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.

Is Cupping Therapy Dangerous and Does it Have Side Effects?

Cupping therapy is not dangerous and the primary side effect of cupping is temporary (a few days up to a week) skin discoloration. The marks that can be left after a cupping session may look like bruises, but there is no pain associated with them. Skin discoloration varies from person to person and is often correlated to the level of dysfunction.

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