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CUPPING

Cupping therapy originated from the traditional Chinese medicine technique of cupping. Cupping technique is basically used in mobilising blood flow to an area in a way that promotes healing. The process of our cupping therapy involves the use of suction on the skin to gently draw the skin tissue into the cup. Cups with oil and a bit of suction may also be moved along the skin to cover broader areas. Bruising can last up to 2 weeks of where the cups have been.

What are the benefits of cupping?

Cupping technique is basically used in mobilising blood flow to an area in a way that promotes healing to help free up both muscle and the overlying fascia.

Does cupping really work?

Cupping technique is basically used in mobilising blood flow to an area in a way that promotes healing to help free up both muscle and the overlying fascia. There is mixed evidence as to the efficacy of this application.

What are the side effects of cupping?

Redness, swelling, bruising, bleeding and soreness.

Does cupping hurt?

If the cups are applied too tightly there may be some discomfort.

Does cupping remove toxins?

There is no evidence to show that this is the case.

What should you not do after cupping?

You should not exfoliate the area that has just been cupped to avoid chance of infection.

Can cupping cause blood clots?

This may occur in the cervical spine.

How much is a cupping session?

This is highly variable.

Who should not perform cupping?

Those with no formal qualifications of manual therapies.

Can I shower after cupping?

Yes, however avoid vigorous exfoliation over cupped areas.

Can you shower after cupping?

Yes, however avoid vigorous exfoliation over cupped areas.

What do dark cupping marks mean?

Bruising due to increased prolonged blood flow to the area.

What does cupping do during a massage?

It increases blood flow to the areas which brings more nutrients and promotes more rapid healing.

What should I do after a cupping session?

You can resume your regular tasks after a cupping session.

How often can you get cupping?

Once a week to the same area or as advised by your healthcare practitioner.

Where do you put cupping cups?

To areas of tightness in the body usually fascia or muscle tissue.

What to eat after cupping?

You may eat whatever you would normally eat, just ensure adequate hydration occurs.

How long does it take for Cupping to work?

Cupping may take 3 – 12 sessions depending on the injury and severity.

How do you clean cupping cups?

Basic cleaning measure of washing with hot water and disinfectant is adequate for the cleaning of your cupping cups.

Is cupping better than massage?

No as massage is usually a lot more comprehensive.

Is wet or dry cupping better?

It is not a matter of which one is better as they are used for different applications.

Does cupping reduce inflammation?

Cupping technique is used in mobilising blood flow to an area in a way that promotes healing to help free up both muscle and the overlying fascia. Cupping may also relax the tissue and assist in reducing the markers of inflammation.

Is cupping good for losing weight?

There is no evidence to show that cupping is helpful for losing weight.

What do dark purple cupping marks mean?

Bruising due to increased prolonged blood flow to the area.

Can cupping make you tired?

Yes, just like after a workout tissue repair requires protein synthesis which can be very energy consuming and therefore make you feel tired.

Can cupping cause high blood pressure?

There is no evidence to show that cupping causes high blood pressure.

Does cupping help tight muscles?

Yes, Cupping technique is used in mobilising blood flow to an area in a way that promotes healing to help free up both muscle and the overlying fascia.

How often should you do cupping for cellulite?

There is no evidence to show that cupping reduces cellulite.

What exactly does cupping do?

Cupping technique is basically used in mobilising blood flow to an area in a way that promotes healing to help free up both muscle and the overlying fascia.

Can cupping make you feel sick?

This is not usually an effect of cupping therapy but may occur as an adverse reaction in some individuals.

Does cupping work for back pain?

If it is superficial and related to muscles or fascia then yes it is more likely to have some effectiveness for back pain.

Can cupping cause itching?

This is not usually an effect of cupping therapy but may occur as an adverse reaction in some individuals.

What should you not do after cupping?

You should not exfoliate the area that has just been cupped to avoid chance of infection.

Is cupping a placebo?

No, there is some evidence to show that cupping does have an effect on fascia and muscular tissue.

What is severe stagnation in cupping?

Stagnation is an eastern medicine belief that before it causes too many problems that the aim must be to clear it before this becomes the case.

Does cupping help muscle knots?

Yes, this may help in releasing muscular adhesions.

Can you do cupping on your stomach?

Yes, it may help with improving minor digestive issues.

Can cupping be done on legs?

Yes, it may help to alleviate both muscular and fascial strains of the legs.

Does cupping help with weight loss?

There is no evidence to show that cupping reduces weight.

Can I do cupping during menstruation?

Wet cupping is not advised as you are already losing blood at this time.

Can you do cupping while on your period?

Wet cupping is not advised as you are already losing blood at this time.

Is cupping scientifically proven?

Evidence is not fully conclusive on the effectiveness of cupping.

Does cupping cause inflammation?

Yes, there will always be some inflammation post treatment due to the increase of redness and swelling of the therapy.

How do you cup your back?

It is not advised to cup your own back so as to prevent adverse reactions which may be more likely to occur due to application by an unskilled practitioner.

What happens if you shower after cupping?

It is not advised to shower after cupping as adequate time should be given for the wounds to heal where blood may have been drawn from the skin.

Does cupping detox the body?

There is no evidence to show that this is the case.

Does cupping hurt?

If the cups are applied too tightly there may be some discomfort.

Who invented cupping?

Well known herbalist and alchemist; Ge Hong was known to have begun the practice of cupping.

Can you drink after cupping?

It is helpful to drink as much water as possible following your cupping session to help re circulate blood flow that has been brought to the skin’s surface in the cupping process.

What is myofascial cupping?

All cupping has an effect on the myofascia which is an additional layer of connective tissue overlying our muscles.

Is cupping myofascial release?

Yes, cupping does create myofascial release

Can cupping make you feel sick?

This is not usually an effect of cupping therapy but may occur as an adverse reaction in some individuals.

Does cupping help with belly fat?

There is no evidence to show that this is the case.

Can cupping help with bloating?

Yes, it may help with improving minor digestive issues.

Does cupping really remove cellulite?

There is no evidence to show that this is the case.

How often should you use cupping for cellulite?

There is no evidence to show that this is the case.

How often should you do cupping for cellulite?

There is no evidence to show that this is the case.

How do I get rid of cellulite on my thighs?

There is no evidence to show that cupping helps reduce cellulite on thighs

How long do you leave cupping on?

Usually anywhere between 10 to 15 minutes is sufficient to leave the cups on affected areas when performing cupping treatment.

What happens to your body after cupping?

There will be some inflammation post treatment due to the increase of redness and swelling of the therapy.

What is the purpose of cupping?

Cupping technique is used in mobilising blood flow to an area in a way that promotes healing to help free up both muscle and the overlying fascia. Cupping helps to relax tight muscles, promoting relaxation within the fibers.

Can massage therapists do cupping?

Yes, it is not a difficult technique to master.

Who should not perform cupping?

Those who don’t hold any qualifications in any type of manual therapy.

Can cupping help back pain?

If it is superficial and related to muscles or fascia then yes it is more likely to have some effectiveness for back pain.

Does cupping tighten skin?

There is no evidence to show that this is the case.

What can cupping treat?

Cupping technique is basically used in mobilising blood flow to an area in a way that promotes healing to help free up both muscle and the overlying fascia.

Does cupping require a license?

No, it does not.