Cupping gained popularity after exposure by Michael Phelps in the 2016 Olympics and is becoming more widely accepted in western medicine as a treatment for any pathology of the muscles. Like massage, it offers a relaxing way to heal and restore sore and achy muscles from overuse or trauma. The fundamental principal behind cupping is its ability to remove stagnation held within the tissues, and by doing so, increase range of motion and decrease pain. It can be used in both acute and chronic cases, and offers instant relief to the patient. Another noteworthy aspect of cupping is its ability to clear heat and toxins from the body, assisting in relieving common colds, migraines and purging inflammation.
The discoloration of the skin after cupping is caused from the suctioning action of the cups and manifests in two predominate colors, dark purple or bright red. Purple is representational or blood stasis caused from trauma of the tissue. The other color that may manifest is red, signifying an underlying condition of heat or inflammation in the body. Over time, the deep markings left by cupping will decrease, showing the heat and/or blood stasis has cleared. Once cleared, cupping is no longer needed as the fresh blood is now able to regenerate the tissue and heal any inflammation.
Cupping helps heal and relieve:
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Sore muscles