Cupping, also known as dry cupping, is a treatment used to relieve muscle tension, pain, and soreness. Although it is an Eastern medicinal practice that is thousands of years old, popularity of cupping resurfaced after a surge in popularity among athletes—most notably at the 2016 Olympics. However, cupping is not just for professional athletes, it’s for anyone experiencing muscle pain or soreness. Cupping is a vacuum therapy using small, round cups that draws bodily fluids to the surface—increasing blood flow to the muscle and reducing muscle tension. It is often compared to massage therapy. Unlike massage therapy which pushes fluid inward or outward in the body, cupping draws the body’s fluids to the surface.
Q: What is cupping?
A: Once the areas of muscle discomfort are identified, one of our Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ cupping providers experienced performing this treatment may begin the process of arranging cups on the afflicted area. Cups used in this treatment are usually round and made of plastic or glass. They either have a small air pump or use a flame to create suction. In a cupping treatment, cups are placed on the skin above the identified problem areas to create a vacuum. This vacuum suctions fluid under the skin to the afflicted area. Cups are left on the skin anywhere between five and twenty minutes. This process promotes relief from muscle pain and soreness.
Q: What are the benefits of cupping?
A: Some of the benefits of cupping include relief from muscle pain and soreness such as neck and back pain, as well as relief in many conditions such as arthritis, migraines, carpal tunnel, and more. Cupping can also provide increased muscle range of motion and agility. Cupping is often combined with other Synergy pain relief techniques for maximum results. If you are not sure whether cupping could improve your condition, whether it’s pain management or an athletic edge, schedule an appointment with Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™.
Q: Is cupping just for athletes?
A: Pain affects athletes and regular people alike. Although cupping has been associated with elite athletes, cupping is for anyone who needs relief from muscle pain or soreness as well as other ailments.
Q: Will cupping leave marks on my body?
A: Yes, cupping does leave discoloration in the circular form of the cups and are often misleading. Cupping is safe and creates mild discomfort. The treatment leaves marks that are the result of broken blood vessels from the vacuum suction. They appear as hematomas—similar to bruising. These marks should resolve within one to two weeks.
Q: How can I get more information?
A: For more information about cupping or to schedule a cupping consultation, please contact us at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ at (404) 352-8900.