Cupping is a traditional Chinese therapy which helps to reduce chronic pain and improve the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid. Increased flow of blood can help reduce inflammation and improve oxygen delivery to the cells. Stimulating the flow of lymphatic fluid can aid in removing toxins from the body and supporting the immune system.
There are different types of cupping. During a fire cupping session, the cups are coated with alcohol and then a cotton ball that has been lit on fire is quickly put inside the cup and then removed and placed on the skin to create suction. Oil can be applied to the skin to drag the cups to relieve muscular pain. Air cupping is another method where the amount of suction is controlled by a hand pump and is for patients who have more severe muscle pain. Aesthetic cupping can be done on the body or face to improve the elasticity of skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles or cellulite. Cups can be gently dragged on the face to improve collagen production, increase cell turnover, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, and reduce facial swelling. Gua sha, another traditional Chinese therapy can be coupled with cupping or used alone for similar benefits.
Common areas for cupping include the legs, abdomen, back, neck, chest, and glutes. A cupping session lasts about 30 minutes, and when the cups are removed mild bruises are present due to the blood vessels at the surface of the skin expanding, which fade within a few days. The amount of bruising indicates how much “Qi” (energy) was stagnant in the area.
Cupping is helpful for the following conditions:
-Colds and Flus
Schedule an appointment for cupping with Dr. Drozda to address your chronic pain today!