Cupping (also known as fire cupping or Chinese fire cupping) has been used for thousands of years around the world.
While it may not look very similar to guided spinal decompression, both cupping and spinal decompression actually rely on the same principles.
Here are the reasons cupping is used, and what you need to know before you try it…
Cupping therapy is known to be one of the most effective types of deep-tissue treatment and has gained popularity for more than 2,500 years.
One way to think about cupping is that it’s the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull skin, tissue, and muscles upward.
When cupping is combined with acupuncture or massage into one treatment — it can be very effective! It can also be used alone.
There are 2 main types of cupping therapy:
The type of cupping therapy you will receive depends on the type of pain you are experiencing.
Obviously the process used during fire cupping therapy can vary, depending on the type of therapy you need and your therapists specialty.
Typically, here’s how it works:
TIP: Even though most therapists use glass cups today, there are also plastic ones that don’t require fire to create suction.
On average, one 45 to 60 minute session of cupping therapy costs between $25 to $60. Because cupping therapy is considered an alternative medicine, most insurance companies will not cover the cost.
The number of sessions you need depends on the body part as well as the extent of the pain or injury.
Here’s how to find a cupping massage therapist near you.
Massage cupping therapy does not cause pain and is actually quite relaxing.
You may want to consider cupping therapy if you have been suffering from post-injury trauma, a sluggish colon, or surgery adhesions.
If your goal is to lose weight, you may also want to consider this therapy to get rid of cellulite in your body. Just know, if you’re looking to lose weight, cupping therapy is going to have to be paired with a strict diet to see results.
Here are some other benefits of cupping:
Today, cupping is gaining a good bit of attention among doctors and patients.
However, just like any other procedure out there, there are some potential side effects:
NOTE: If you’re pregnant, menstruating, have certain types of cancers, or broken bones you should stay away from cupping therapy.
Although modern medicine is still unsure of the complete benefits of this therapy, scientists, athletes, and celebrities are increasingly convinced that in the hands of expert practitioners, it’s a really effective healing treatment.
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