What is Cupping?

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The art of cupping has been used for over 3000 years in Traditional Chinese Medicine. There are many types of cupping used: dry cupping, wet cupping, fire cupping and moving cupping.   At Striving for Health, we only use the dry cupping and moving cupping method.  Cupping is a great option to reduce pain and muscle stiffness and increase mobility in certain areas of the body. 

Cupping works by using different types of cups to create a suction on specific areas of the body.  The suction pulls the skin and blood vessels into the cup, which brings more blood to the specific area.  This can help to improve circulation, nourish tissues, reduce inflammation or muscle spasms and loosen up tight muscles or joints.  

Cupping can have a down side as it may leave dark, round,  cup size marks on the skin that will typically stay visible for about 3 to 10 days. So, be prepared for questions if the area that was cupped is showing after the treatment. 

Cupping is a modality that is easily added to any acupuncture session as well as an option when doing herbal or dietary therapy if needed.  It is traditionally used as an additional therapy within a treatment session. Cupping has recently become more popular to the public since more more celebrities and athletes are experiencing positive results from its use and talking more about the many health benefits of cupping.