Cupping therapy is given by using glass cups to create localised partial vacuums. It’s an ancient Chinese therapy, found in records dating back 3500 years, and involves using heat inside glass or bamboo cups. This draws up the underlying tissues and causes the blood to form in the area and help the healing process there.
Like other forms of Chinese treatments, they believe in the fact that if the ‘Meridians’ are blocked in your body, then it makes it difficult for healing to take place. They call Meridians ‘Qi’ (chi) which are pathways in the body that give you energy for life. There are five meridians on your back, which when opened, allow the energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has even been said that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.
Another healing aspect of cupping therapy is through the release of toxins in your body. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available and is a very safe therapy to have. It activates the lymphatic systems, clearing colon blockages, arteries and capillaries. Some of the conditions cupping therapy can be used to treat include constipation, IBS, diarrhoea, headaches, back pain, arthritis, fatigue, sciatica, skin problems, Fibromyalgia, period cramps, weight problems and more. It works by reducing the pain we feel in our bodies.
It involves the use of a warmed cup, which is placed upside down on a specific acupuncture point. This then creates a vacuum to draw the blood and energy to that point. I had a number of cupping therapy treatments in a Physiotherapy department of the NHS. To be truthful, this therapy did not help me in any way, but that is not to say that it will not help others, otherwise it would not be available on the NHS.
Treatwell the hair and beauty booking site has a list of the top 20 places for cupping in the UK, another website where you can find therapists for this type of treatment is The Therapy Directory. They explain the difference between wet and dry cupping. Wet cupping is used when the therapist makes a small incision on the skin after the cup has been removed. The cup is then applied again to draw out a small quantity of blood. After the procedure, the therapist will use an antibiotic ointment and dressing to prevent infection.It is believed that this method helps to remove toxins from the body to promote natural healing. Dry cupping (also known as ‘air cupping’) doesn’t use heat to create the suction. Instead, it uses a specially designed pump which is attached to the end of the jar. The pump is used to create a vacuum. Some practitioners prefer this method as it gives them more control over the amount of suction. Because this method doesn’t use heat to create suction, there is also no risk of accidentally burning the skin.
There is a cupping therapy association -which is dedicated to helping you in finding out details, practitioners and testimonials. They explain cupping therapy as a negative pressure, rather than tissue compression is superior for bodywork for pain, stubborn conditions, repetitive strains, inflammation, toxicity, chronic fatigue, disgestive problems and a slough of other issues we confront as we grow older.