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Cupping Therapy Treats Inflammation and Pain

Cupping therapy has been around for centuries, with mentions of its use made in both ancient Chinese and Egyptian texts. Using specialized cups, made of glass, plastic, silicone, or sometimes bamboo, the cups are adhered with suction to the skin. This suction pulls up underlying tissues, loosens fascia, and promotes circulation and blood flow to targeted areas of the body. 

Studies have shown the health benefits of cupping include, but are not limited to:

  • Improved Circulation: Increased blood flow can aid healing and promote relaxation.

  • Reduced Inflammation: Cupping may help reduce inflammation associated with injuries and some chronic conditions.

  • Greater Range of Motion: By loosening tight muscles, cupping can improve your flexibility and range of motion.

  • Headaches and Migraines:  Both the severity and duration of migraine headaches may be reduced as a result of cupping. It can also improve tension headaches. 

  • Pain Relief: Cupping has demonstrated effectiveness in relieving arthritic and musculoskeletal pain that can affect the trunk, extremities, and neck.

Many people find cupping therapy to be a beneficial part of their treatment plan. Please give us a call at 301.880.3232 and it would be our pleasure to schedule a comprehensive evaluation to determine how cupping therapy may support your specific needs and health goals.


References: Choi TY, Ang L, Ku B, Jun JH, Lee MS. Evidence Map of Cupping Therapy. J Clin Med. 2021;10(8):1750. Published 2021 Apr 17. doi:10.3390/jcm10081750

Furhad S, Sina RE, Bokhari AA. Cupping Therapy. In: StatPearls. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; October 30, 2023.

Reddy B. Science of cupping | NCCAOM. NCCAOM . Accessed May 1, 2024.



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