Cupping

Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center -  - Integrated Medical Clinic

Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center

Integrated Medical Clinic located in Florham Park, NJ

Like acupuncture, cupping has been part of traditional medicine in China and other parts of the Eastern world, and it has been recently gaining more popularity in the United States for its numerous health benefits. At Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center in Florham Park, New Jersey, the integrated team of health professionals offer cupping as an alternative medicine treatment that provides natural pain relief for sore, tense muscles, and helps to increase circulation. To find out if cupping can make a difference in your back pain or improve your immune system, call to schedule an appointment or book online.

Cupping Q & A

What is Cupping?

Cupping is an ancient therapy in which your skin gets suctioned into cups (usually glass or plastic) that your provider places on specific areas of your back and neck. There are two types of cupping: dry and wet.

  • Dry Cupping: Dry cupping involves suction being applied to your skin for a certain amount of time.
  • Wet Cupping: With wet cupping, your provider makes small cuts in your skin to allow blood to flow out after the suction treatment.

 

Both wet and dry cupping draw your blood up to the surface of your skin to increase blood flow. Cupping is often part of a comprehensive treatment plan and paired with acupuncture for the maximum benefit.

Why Would I Need Cupping Therapy?

You may find that cupping therapy complements other treatments, such as physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture, to relieve areas of stress or chronic pain. Cupping may help:

  • Lower back pain and sciatica
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Knee pain
  • Muscles pain and soreness
  • Areas of tension and stress
  • Skin conditions like acne and hives
  • High cholesterol
  • Immune disorders
  • Lumbar disc herniation
  • Cervical spondylosis

 

Your doctor evaluates your overall health and existing conditions before recommending cupping. Many people get relief from chronic pain after just a few treatments.

How Safe is Cupping?

Cupping therapy is safe for most adults unless you’re taking blood thinners or you don’t heal easily after an injury or bruising. Additionally, if you have very sensitive skin, cupping may be uncomfortable or cause tearing. The big, red, circular marks on your skin that are typical after a cupping therapy session usually go away in about 10 days and are not an indication of how well the treatment works, as everyone responds differently.

What Can I Expect During a Cupping Treatment?

Your provider typically uses heat to create suction inside the cups. This may involve heating the cups with a flammable substance and then placing them upside down on your skin while the cup is still hot so it can create the appropriate amount of suction.

The number of cups your provider places on your body depends on the areas you’re treating. The cups stay on your skin for several minutes to draw the skin inside and increase blood flow to the area.

You may feel slight discomfort when the heated cup attaches to your skin, but this feeling is usually minor and well-tolerated. Your skin will be red or darkened afterward, like small circular bruises where the cups were attached.

If you’d like to learn more about the many benefits of cupping, call Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center to schedule a consultation or make an appointment online.