Got Back Pain? Try Cupping. 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.
The Cups can be made of
- Glass – I use glass cupping where it is dunked in surgical spirit on a cotton ball and flamed into the glass to add suction to the skin.
- Silicone – I , also, use silicone cupping that is done with a manual pump.
Cupping has been around since 1500bc and is in one of the oldest medical journalas, The Ebers Papyrus.
What are the benefits of this treatment?
The British Cupping Society says that cupping therapy is used to treat: Blood disorders such as anemia and hemophilia; Rheumatic diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia; Fertility and gynecological disorders; Skin problems such as eczema and acne; High blood pressure; Migraines; Anxiety and depression; Bronchial congestion caused by allergies and asthma and Varicose veins.
- Cupping increases circulation – The suction from the cups increases circulation to the area where the cups are placed. The additional blood flow to that area can help relieve muscle tension and promote cell repair. Increasing circulation with cupping also helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
- Cupping encourages tissues to release toxins. Yes, you do have organs that remove toxins from your blood but Cupping gives your body a boost in releasing those toxins. Focused blood flow helps your body by flushing built-up toxins through the lymphatic system.
- Cupping reduces anxiety. When your therapist glides the cups across your skin, your parasympathetic nervous system engages. This promotes deep relaxation to move through your entire body.
- Cupping can reduce stretch marks and scars. Increased blood flow enables your body to dispose of toxins, restores lymphatic circulation, and helps remove edema (excess fluid), which helps reduce the appearance of scarring.
- Cupping can improve varicose veins and spider veins. Varicose veins look like bulging, bluish veins just under your skin, usually on legs and feet. Cupping helps by bringing fresh blood flow and oxygen back to the problem areas.
- Cupping can clear congestion and help treat asthma. The buildup of fluid or phlegm in your lungs caused by a cold, bronchitis, or even asthma can be treated with cupping. Cups are usually placed on your back, but may be placed on your chest as well. Your therapist may leave the cups in place, or may gently glide them in an upward motion to facilitate the movement of the lymph fluid.
- Cupping can clear colon blockages and aid digestion. As Cupping helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which increases blood flow to the digestive tract. Gentle cupping over the abdomen also stimulates the insides of your digestive organs. It aids in peristalsis, helps clear colon blockages, encourages blood and body-fluid to move through your organs, and helps relieve indigestion.
Cupping is fairly safe, as long as you go to a trained health professional. But you could have these side effects in the area where the cups touch your skin:
- Mild discomfort
- Bruises -these may sound painful but it is usually the fact that internal toxins are pulled up to the skin’s surface.
- Skin infection
Is cupping safe?
A full consultation would be carried out like with other treatments.
At A Healing Touch it is £50 but this includes a 1 hour treatment as well as 15 Minutes with the cups on your body