Although it may be the eldest of our techniques, dating back to 1550 BCE, it still holds value in our clinics. Our modernized version of cupping therapy is performed by placing a plastic dome over the skin of the targeted tissue and creating a vacuum within the dome. This process has two proposed mechanisms by which it provides medical benefit. The first of which is that the vacuum acts to separate the skin, fat, fascia, and muscle so that it may help disrupt those fibrotic adhesions. The other way it may work is to serve as a means to bring blood flow to the area of treatment. Healing enzymes and nutrients will also be drawn with the blood to the area the cup is placed. The trademark of this treatment being the almost perfectly circular, temporary bruising as a result of the treatment.
As with all treatments we know when it is appropriate to employ them and when it is inappropriate. Our providers will walk you through our clinical process and why we selected your specific treatment plan. Commonly the worst side effect you may have will be a soreness or bruise where the treatment was applied. Fortunately, both are temporary and often resolve within the week.