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Cupping Blog: To Cup or Not to Cup: Commonly Asked Questions

March 27th, 2020 by Synergy

Cupping is a popular treatment among elite athletes because it increases blood flow to the muscles—relieving pain, soreness, and helping to bring healing to an area. However, this old Eastern medicine treatment can bring relief to your muscles and other ailments, regardless of whether you’re an athlete or not. Now that we are offering cupping services to our patients, Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ would like to take the time to answer some of your commonly asked questions about cupping.

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If you are a generally healthy adult with good skin, you are likely a good candidate for cupping. You should not attempt a cupping treatment if you are on blood thinners, are pregnant, have fragile skin, are under four years of age, have a sunburn, wound, skin ulcer, trauma in the intended treatment area, are on certain medications, or have other preexisting conditions. To know if you are a good candidate for cupping, please schedule a consultation with one of our certified Synergy providers with a cupping expert.

Is cupping dangerous?
Although cupping may seem dangerous because it is sometimes performed with a flame and often leaves temporary marks, it is not dangerous when performed by a skilled professional. It is important to find someone certified and trustworthy to perform this treatment.

Are there any side effects for cupping?
Side effects for cupping include mild discomfort during the session, skin irritation, and hematoma marks. All of these side effects should resolve in a few days.

Is cupping or dry needling better?
Both cupping and dry needling are used to relieve muscle pain and soreness. Cupping does this through pulling blood to the surface of the skin, while dry needling does this by penetrating trigger points. The treatment that works best for your body may come down to preference or your Synergy provider’s recommendation. Cupping and dry needling are often combined for maximum pain relief.

For more information about our cupping services or to book an appointment with Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™’s certified cupping provider, Cheryl Allison, please contact us at (404) 352-8900. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more information about pain management.