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