Cupping has been around for thousands of years and dates back to ancient Chinese and Egyptian medicine. Cupping was documented in one of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, Ebers Papyrus, which was written in 1550 BC.
The use of cupping therapy has evolved, and today it is widely used for pain relief and musculoskeletal injuries such as strains, sprains, back injuries and inflammation.
During a cupping session, round cups are placed directly on your skin. The cup is manually pumped to create suction and left on your skin for several minutes. The suction encourages blood flow and this increased circulation can promote healing and reduce pain.
It is common to experience some bruising after your cupping session. Bruising usually heals within 7 to 10 days.
For most patients, cupping is safe to try and could complement an existing treatment plan. Like all therapies, it’s important to see a professional who has been trained and licensed appropriately. We offer this service to compliment your physical therapy visit when appropriate.