Cupping is a therapy designed to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi within the superficial muscle layers. It is used for many ailments, including sore muscles, tension, neck pain, respiratory illnesses, and some instances of infertility or menstrual pain. In this therapy, small glass cups are placed over specific body areas. A vacuum is created under the cup using heat to create suction. The cups may then be moved over an area or left in one spot.
You may leave the office with purple or red marks where the cups were located. This slight discoloration is normal, and a sign of good effect and will dissipate within a day to a week.
Cupping promotes the circulation of blood and fluids in the body, reducing pain and inflammation. Increased circulation allows the blood to flow into a stuck and painful area, taking nutrients to that area and allowing inflammation and toxins to be removed.
Many people experience a profound effect of pain relief and loosening of tightness immediately after cupping.