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.
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.
- WHAT CONDITIONS CAN IT HELP
Cupping therapy can:
- Reduce pain
- Lessen inflammation
- Improve blood flow and circulation
- Relax muscles, or loosen knots
- HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
$45 per session
3-session package for $125
Cupping therapy also may be included in your individual acupuncture session.
- HOW LONG IS THE SERVICE
30 minutes per visit
- WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR APPOINTMENT
During your appointment, a licensed acupuncturist or a trained therapist completes a thorough assessment. Based on your primary concern, the therapist will 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.
- WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
After your session, you may see circular discolorations that look like “bruising. These circles are not bruising, but rather cellular waste, toxins and other stagnant material brought to the surface from underlying tissue. Your circulatory system will clear away these discolorations after a few days. However, it may take up to 21 days for them to fully disappear. As treatments continue and stagnant and toxic materials are expelled from the body, the discolorations will occur less and less.
Call 320-534-3096 to schedule a cupping therapy appointment.