The cups can be gently moved across the skin, which is referred to as "gliding cupping," or can remain static on acupuncture points. The vacuum in the cups causes the skin, lymph, and muscle to be drawn into the cups creating circulation in the body where the tissue has been stagnant before. For most patients, this is a relaxing and relieving therapy, although not for everyone.
The cups are generally left in place for about 10-15 minutes and even up to 30-45 minutes for certain cases. This is similar to Tui Na, a traditional medical massage technique that targets acupuncture points and is known to provide relief through pressure.
I provide "cupping" to all my patients who have muscle or body ache and incorporate cupping into most of my acupuncture treatments. As an athlete myself, I find using cupping therapy gives an edge over the competition by prevention of injuries and maintaining a flexible, healthy body.
If you're interested in trying cupping for yourself, give us a call at 720-936-4822 and schedule an appointment.
-Andres Trujillo L. Ac.