Is Cupping Therapy for You?
By: Kevin Orellana, PTA
What is the process?
Cups can be placed over painful/ achy musculature and manually pumped to suck skin into the cup. The cups are left on the skin for approximately 3-5 minutes. The cups can then be released or dragged along painful musculature to move toxins out of the area.
What are the effects?
The effects of cupping are pain reduction, muscle relaxation, anti-inflammatory + increased blood circulation effects, immunomodulation (activation of the immune system), and blood detoxification (removal of toxins), which correlates mainly with illness development.
What are the results?
You may obtain increased muscle flexibility/ relaxation, increased blood flow, and decreased pain levels. You also get to go home with a nice mark (bruise) which will last approximately 1-10 days, and you may feel soreness over the area cupped, which is normal. This will also allow you the opportunity to make up a great story about fighting off an octopus!