Dry Cupping Therapy is a type of massage that lifts skin and muscle tissue with suction cups, without breaking the skin. Glass or plastic cups are used to create suction. In this short demonstration you'll see plastic cups being applied to a patient's back using a hand-pump.
Similar to Massage Therapy, scientific research shows that Cupping Therapy reduces pain. It also suggests it may increase circulation and blood oxygen levels to aid in muscle function, tissue repair, and protect against oxidative stress. Additionally, in my experience it is a superior method for treating inflammation/swelling, reducing scar tissue from old injuries, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles, stretch marks, and cellulite, and engaging the nervous system to encourage deep relaxation.
Cupping Therapy for Chronic Back Pain:
Cupping Therapy: Possible Effects on Blood Oxygen Levels & other Hemodynamics
Cupping Therapy reduces pain and may help aid muscle function. Most who receive it agree it feels amazing.
Does Cupping Therapy hurt? Bruising happens when an object hits skin/tissue, capillaries burst, and blood and other chemicals rush to the area to begin repairing the damage. When pressure is applied to a bruise there is typically the presence of something physicians call "exquisite pain."
There is no bruising in properly performed Cupping Therapy, and no exquisite pain when pressure is applied to an area that was appropriately treated. Minor soreness is sometimes experienced after a Cupping session, but the overwhelming majority of patients report it's one of the best pain relief methods they've ever experienced.
So if they're not bruises, what are they? The marks you've seen on celebrities and Olympic athletes who've received Cupping Therapy are much closer to hickeys than bruises. Though this may not make them more appealing, it's important to know that receiving Cupping Therapy from a trained practitioner is safe and comfortable, and that the marks are a temporary side-effect of the pain relief and relaxation this method can produce.
How long do these "Cupping Marks" last? The marks will fade from a few hours to several days after treatment depending on each individual's physiology. After several sessions, patients who receive regular treatments (one session or more per week) may reach the point where the marks no longer appear.
"Why did it take me so long to do this?? From the moment I met with Jerome he made me feel so comfortable and he explained in great detail what would be taking place and why. I arrived with chronic shoulder pain and off and on low back pain, and after two sessions I'm pain free. I get regular massages, which I will continue doing, but cupping did something that massage couldn't do for me. It's amazing the pain that we live with, but even more amazing when you find someone who can help you relieve it. Thank you so much Jerome, I appreciate it more than you know!"
-Maria M. in Everett, WA