Cupping – Ancient Treatment Timeless Benefits


This traditional, time-honored treatment remains favored by millions of people worldwide because Cupping is safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for a wide range of health disorders from rotator cuff issues to chronic back pain.

Cupping, or myofascial decompression, was developed thousands of years ago and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same.

Most often, cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. It pulls blood to a region to stimulate healing. Tight fascia and muscles are effectively stretched. New blood flow will develop in the tissues with cupping and cause an anti-inflammatory reaction in the body.

How does it feel?

A tight sensation in the area of the cup is usually felt. Often, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Depending on your comfort and our assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. The back is the most common area to be cupped, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.

Cupping - Vacuum pump cups applied to a patient's back in two vertical rows from the neck to the lower back on each side of the spine
Vacuum pump cups applied to a patient’s back
Cupping marks on Olympic champion, Michael Phelps' neck and shoulder.
2016 Olympics: Michael Phelps with several cupping marks on his neck and shoulder