Cupping Therapy

You may have heard about the use of cupping therapy by Olympic athletes. But you don’t need to be an athlete to give it a try. Anyone looking to reduce recovery time, stress, pain or muscle tension could benefit from this treatment.

Often cupping is used in conjunction with acupuncture. Both are forms of Chinese medicine and have been practiced for thousands of years.

During your appointment, a licensed acupuncturist or a trained therapist would complete a thorough assessment. Based on your primary concern, the therapist would place glass or plastic cups at strategic points. Most commonly, cups are placed on the back, neck and shoulders.

Our therapists use the modern technique of suction-cupping. In this technique, a hand-pump creates a vacuum and the suction draws tissue up into the cup. This action increases blood flow, loosens connective tissue and stimulates healing. The cups typically remain in place for 5-15 minutes.

A cupping session occasionally results in redness around the areas of treatment – most commonly the back. The procedure itself can cause mild discomfort. These side effects are expected and are part of the healing process.

If you are looking for alternative methods of recovery, stress relief or pain management, or are simply curious, give cupping therapy a try! You usually need 1-6 sessions to experience its full benefits.

Cupping therapy also may be included in your individual acupuncture session.

Call 320-534-3096 to schedule a cupping therapy appointment.