What is Cupping therapy and what is the purpose of having it?
Cupping acts as a suction or vacuum. The treatment involving plastic cups and pump or heated glass cups pulls metabolic waste or stagnant blood from deep muscle tissue upwards towards the superficial layer of skin. This vacuum effect causes fine blood vessels (capillaries) to expand and burst, causing the bruising. This bruising is a good sign (not trauma) and is not painful to touch. It’s an indication that toxins in stagnant blood (and other fluids) have risen to the skin’s surface. In the deep layers of tissue, blood flow becomes more like a free flowing river, rather than a stagnant swamp.
Pain relief, swelling reduction and relief in tight tired muscles are among the pleasant side effects of increased blood flow and nutrients to muscle tissue.
For more information or to book a cupping therapy session, contact Dave our Sports Therapist.