Is a Cupping Treatment Going to Help You?
At Acupuncture Brisbane, sterilised glass cups are used and are applied to the skin so that the pressure in the cup is reduced (either by heat or suction) in order to gently draw and hold skin and superficial muscles upwards to the cup. Sometimes, while the suction is active, the cup is moved, causing the skin and muscle to be pulled into the cup as it passes over the area. Where this happens circulation is increases and knots and tightness seem to “melt away”. Tension is replaced with a softer muscular state which feels more relaxed. It has been described as “Oh that feels quite strange but it is SO good!”
Cupping can be applied to certain acupuncture points, as well as to parts of the body that have been affected by pain and tightness. Cupping is commonly used on the back due to the ease with which it can be performed there, but can also be used over other muscular/fleshy areas of the body.
Cupping may be used to remove stagnation in the body and to promote blood and energy circulation.
Some non-painful bruising on the skin can be expected but we will always discuss this with you before cups may be applied.
Cupping is generally recommended for pain, tightness, gastrointestinal disorders, lung diseases (especially chronic cough and asthma), some forms of paralysis, although it does have application for other problems.
Did you see swimmer Michael Phelps cup marks during the Rio Olympics in 2016? Must have worked pretty well for his stagnation and getting his muscles working optimally judging by the medal tally he had.