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Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage. Physical Therapists at One on One use cupping to treat muscle and soft tissue injuries like Cervical Dystonia. Cupping increases warmth and circulation to an injured region of the body and releases toxins from the muscles and soft tissues. Following your cupping sessions, it is normal to feel an overall feeling of lightness and relaxation.

Cupping therapy is an alternative medicine practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. Typically made of glass, silicone, or bamboo, these cups are applied to the skin, to create a vacuum effect. This suction draws the skin and superficial muscle layer upwards into the cup, promoting blood flow to the area and stimulating healing. Cupping is believed to help with various conditions such as muscle pain, inflammation, and promoting relaxation. The marks left by the cups, known as “cupping marks,” are temporary and indicate the release of tension and toxins from the body.

Cupping therapy’s benefits are often attributed to its ability to increase blood circulation, promote relaxation, and alleviate muscle tension. While scientific research on cupping therapy is ongoing and more rigorous studies are needed, some studies suggest benefits such as pain relief, muscle recovery, reduction of inflammation, and stress reduction. Suction from cupping is thought to increase blood flow to muscles which aids in the removal of metabolic waste products and promoting tissue repair. Studies have shown that cupping therapy has led to reduced levels of inflammatory markers such as C- reactive protein (CRP) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α).

Following your cupping session it is normal to feel an overall feeling of lightness and relaxation.

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