Cupping therapy is a form of deep-tissue massage that uses an ancient technique of placing cups onto the skin to create a relaxing and therapeutic suction effect. At Crystal City Massage, serving Arlington and the surrounding area, we specialize in acupuncture and other holistic healing methods, including cupping therapy, to enhance your health and wellness. Here’s a look at how cupping therapy can benefit you.
Benefits of Cupping Therapy
If you suffer from chronic pain or inflammation, cupping therapy can help ease your symptoms, promote relaxation, and improve blood circulation. In traditional Chinese medicine, stagnation of the body’s vital energy, or qi, is often considered to be the cause of pain. Cupping therapy is a simple way to help remove these blockages and allow qi to flow, which promotes healing and well-being.
How Cupping Works
During a cupping therapy session, our acupuncturist puts negative pressure in the cups and creates suction on the skin while applying pressure to the muscles. This gives a relaxation response and promotes blood flow. Massage oils are sometimes applied to help glide the cups across the skin.
The cups are usually removed after about three to ten minutes, and approximately three to five cups are used. They are generally placed on the back, but any area of the body can be addressed, including the arms and legs.
Side Effects of Cupping
The procedure is not painful, but some people report mild discomfort and bruising. Generally, cupping therapy is considered to be a relaxing and positive experience. Cupping therapy usually does not have side effects when performed by a trained health practitioner. Temporary red marks are often created by the cups, but the skin returns to normal after about ten days.
Many patients find that cupping therapy is beneficial when combined with acupuncture and herbal treatments, all of which help to open the channels of life energy throughout the body. This ancient form of therapy has a detoxifying effect, and can help remove lung congestion.
Cupping therapy helps with pain management, ease stress and anxiety, and has been used in sports medicine to relieve muscle spasms. It has also been shown to reduce constipation, help with skin conditions such as acne, and acts as a digestive aid.
Ease Your Pain Away With Cupping Therapy
Here at Crystal City Massage, serving Arlington and the surrounding area, we provide a variety of holistic therapies to support wellness and spine health. Contact us today at (571) 970-6551 to schedule an appointment with our acupuncturist, or for more information about our healing services.