Cupping therapy is the use of suction to lift and decompress the body’s soft tissues. The cups are applied to the body and create an area of low pressure above the skin at that location. This draws the skin and underlying tissue up into the cup. It is believed this can stretch the connective tissue (fascia) and decompress layers of soft tissue. The vacuum created also opens and expands blood vessels, resulting in increased blood flow to the area. Far from being uncomfortable, as the lifting of the tissues engage the parasympathetic nervous system, most people find cupping treatment quite relaxing and enjoyable.
By decompressing soft tissue and increasing the blow of blood and lymph, cupping may be beneficial for:
Muscle pain, tension, and trigger points
Relieving strain, sprain, and deep scar tissue
Stress and anxiety
Head, neck, back, or body pain, including symptoms from Fibromyalgia
Cupping therapy can be used along with, or in place of, conventional massage therapy for most conditions where massage is effective.