Cupping Therapy: No, those aren't tiny fish bowls.
What is Cupping Therapy and how does it work?
Cupping therapy is a valuable treatment method used in traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional cupping therapy involves creating a vacuum-suction (aka negative pressure therapy) in a glass cup—that somewhat resembles a miniature fish bowl.
The practitioner skillfully inserts an ignited cotton ball soaked in alcohol, swirling it quickly around the inside of the cup to create the vacuum by removing oxygen in the cup and places them on targeted areas on the skin.
The cups are placed directly over regions of the body and can extend past the site to help the skilled practitioner visibly to assess the extent of the pathology. This can be vital in cupping therapy not only as a treatment method but a diagnostic method as well.
The negative pressure created is used for:
Increasing circulation and blood flow
Assisting in lymphatic drainage
Mobilizing soft tissue and proper joint functions
Breaking up myofascial adhesions
Promoting wound healing
Increasing fat metabolism to targeted areas
What can cupping do for you?
Reduce and/or ameliorate pain
Manage many dermatological diseases
Eliminate symptoms of the common cold
Assist in reducing febrile diseases (fever)
Reduce and regulate swelling and edema
Increase range of motion (ROM)
Accelerate post-surgical healing and wound healing
Expedite healing from traumatic injuries/sports injuries
Assist with acute paralysis
Optimize a compromised immune system
Reinforce body contouring/body sculpting to targeted areas
Often, at Pacific Bridge Wellness, I use cupping therapy for those that tend to be fearful of needles or in conjunction with acupuncture, heat therapy, and other modalities under the full-scope of traditional Chinese medicine.
If you have any questions about how acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you, call my office at 805.870.5690 or schedule an appointment online.