Cupping therapy is a traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice which involves placing glass suction cups on the skin. A partial vacuum is created in the cups by introducing heat. As the air inside the cup cools it creates a vacuum, lifting the skin, connective tissues and muscles and loosening any knots and muscle or connective tissue adhesions.
Cupping therapy improves the circulation by stimulating the circulatory system and the peripheral nervous system. The deep tissue massage that cupping provides helps to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system and help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries.
Cupping therapy is a great treatment for pain relief, stress, aches and pains, fatigue, common cold, cough, lung infections, overuse injuries and for the maintenance of athletes. It is also used to target muscle and joint pain or spasms. Cupping therapy is commonly used to treat the back, buttocks, arms and legs.
In a cupping therapy session, the cups are left on the skin between five and fifteen minutes to perform localised healing of the underlying tissues. The vacuum effect of cupping therapy leaves the body with cupping marks that look like a bruise. These marks represent the release of toxins via the skin and muscles and may take several days to disappear.
Launceston Acupuncturist uses cupping therapy as a technique to encourage blood flow to the treatment areas. A cupping therapy session may also include deep tissue massage, acupuncture or a Chinese herbal medicine consultation, depending on the individual needs of the client.
Book your consultation with Launceston Acupuncturist, or contact us with any questions you may have regarding cupping or the wide range of TCM services we provide.