Although the technique itself is simple, the therapeutic applications are complicated and nuanced. In massage therapy, it is used as a form of manual therapy. It acts to gently pull and separate stuck connective tissue. It can be used in the acute phase of recovery following an injury or auto accident in cases where the patient is unable to tolerate digital pressure to the injured region. It is also highly effective for individuals with old injuries or athletes who have over-trained and have stuck fascial adhesions. Gary has provided cupping for over fifteen years. Many of Gary's clients find relief with cupping that they have been unable to find with any other modalities.
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. The procedure mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy used by massage therapists, acupuncturists, and practitioners of traditional Chinese healing arts. Its methodology is very simple. Glass or plastic cups are used in a state of vacuum to gently pull the skin and underlying connective tissue.
In the case of glass cups, the vacuum is created by burning the oxygen out of the cups before they are carefully placed on the skin. When plastic cups are used, the cup is placed on the skin, and the therapist then uses a connecting tube and plunger to suck the air out of the cup. Whether glass cups or plastic cups are used depends partially on the preference of the practitioner and partially on the preference of the client.
Some clients may find the idea of being near open flame uncomfortable, while others find the wider lip of the glass cups more comfortable than the thinner lip of the plastic cups.