Cupping Therapy: All You Need to Know

cups used in cupping therapy

If you are looking for pain relief therapy that does not include any medication or surgery, try cupping therapy. Many people consider cupping therapy to help with inflammation, body pain, blood flow, and relaxation.

Like acupuncture, cupping therapy is an ancient form of treatment where a therapist places a few cups on your body to create a suction.

What does cupping therapy treat?

Cupping therapy is an alternative pain relief treatment that is used to help with several medical conditions, such as:

  • Blood disorders
  • Migraines
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Varicose veins
  • Various skin problems
  • Arthritis and fibromyalgia

What type of suction cups are used in the treatment?

The cups used for suction are made from one of the following materials:

  • Silicone
  • Earthenware
  • Bamboo
  • Glass

What types of cupping therapy are available?

The two major types of cupping therapies include wet and dry therapy.

During both treatments, the therapist will put some flammable substances such as herbs, alcohol, or paper in the cup and put it on fire. As the fire goes out, they place the cup upside down on the body.

As the cup cools down, the air inside it creates a vacuum which causes the skin to redden and rise as the blood vessels keep expanding. The cups are left in place for about 3 minutes.

a person doing cupping therapy

In more modern techniques, a therapist may use a rubber pump instead of lighting a fire inside the cup to create a vacuum. Or a therapist may also use silicone cups and move them around your skin to create a massage-like effect.

Wet cupping

During wet cupping therapy, the therapist creates suction and then makes light cuts on your skin; then they place the cups again for a second suction and draw out a little bit of blood from the cuts.

After the therapy, the therapist may apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. The cuts normally repair within the next 10 days.

If you’re looking for cupping therapy in Preston, 5 STAR CLINIC LTD can help you. Our trained experts at the pain relief clinic offer cupping therapy to help you treat body pains without using any medications.

Our clinic also offers a wide range of other non-surgical pain relief treatments, including massage therapy, physiotherapy, hypnotherapy, and more.

Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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