Cupping therapy is an effective technique at reducing muscle pain and tension, boosting blood flow and improving immunity. An integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, cupping had been around for over 5,000 years and predates acupuncture.
Cupping uses glass ‘cups’ which are suctioned on to the skin using either a flame or a vacuum. The cup will then draw the underlying muscle and skin inside, gently stretching and releasing tension in the muscle fibers. After resting for a length of time, the cups are removed.
This technique is fantastic at helping tight, stubborn tight muscles to relax such as the upper back and shoulders, lower back and even deep hip pain and discomfort. Clients often feel light and relaxed after a cupping session, as if they have received a thorough massage.
Does cupping leave marks?
Cupping will not leave lasting marks or pain, however the typical ‘bruise’ can be seen after a session. This is actually not a bruise in the normal sense; bruises are often painful whereas cupping is not. The cup marks can last for a week or so, but do fade after your session.
The cup marks are caused by the muscles releasing trapped, stagnant blood. This blood has been held inside the tight muscles as due to excessive tightness, blood has not been able to circulate properly. Cupping therapy brings all this stagnant blood to the surface and boosts circulation.
During your session you will feel a tugging at the skin and muscles. Your therapist will adjust the tightness of the cups according to your level of comfort. After your session you may feel a little tenderness at the sight of the cupping, which typically abates within a day or two.
Is cupping safe?
Yes! Cupping is one of the safest ways to quickly alleviate muscle tension. Done by a health professional there is little risk of injury or permanent damage. Cupping is often done in conjunction with acupuncture to boost your treatment and increase the chances of a quicker recovery.
What will cupping work for?
- Tight neck and shoulders
- Shoulder pain, tennis elbow
- Tightness in the lower back
- Sciatica pain and hip pain
- Helping to alleviate the symptoms of colds and flu, clearing chest mucous
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Private health rebates available for acupuncture. Health point (on the spot claiming) available for participating health funds. Please bring along your private health care card to claim your benefit on the day.
Phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your treatment today. The clinic is located at The Body and Brain Centre, 356-362 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds in the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Maribyrnong, Essendon and just 10 km from Melbourne city.