An alternative therapy originating from China, cups are placed on the skin to create suction which facilitates healing by improving circulation. This relieves muscle tension, promotes cell repair, and can help form new connective tissue.Cupping can treat a wide array of ailments, especially muscle aches and pains. It has also historically been used to treat digestive issues and skin conditions.
In 2012, the journal PLoS One published a review of cupping therapy that suggests its healing power may be more than just a placebo effect. The researchers found that cupping therapy may help with the following conditions, among others:
- muscle spasms
- facial paralysis
- lumbar disc herniation
- cervical spondylosis
Our professional staff are trained in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and if you are interested in cupping, please inquire at your next appointment.