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Cupping at Elite Chiropractic & Wellness

What is cupping?

CuppingCupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction which helps to increase blood flow, release toxins, and drain lymph throughout the body.

What should I expect during my cupping treatment?

During a cupping treatment, a massage oil will be place on the skin to enable suction and movement of the cups. Then, a cup is placed on the skin and suctioned onto the skin.

When a cup is placed on your skin, the air inside the cup creates a vacuum that draws the skin and muscle upward into the cup. Your skin may turn red as the blood vessels respond to the change in pressure.

With dry cupping, the cup is set in place for a set time, usually between 5 and 10 minutes. Cups are then moved around the skin in a massage-like motion to help drain lymph and increase the effects of the cupping on the soft tissue.

For face cupping, the cups will be moved around in a continuous motion around the face and neck to ensure no circular marks are left on the face.

Do I need cupping?

In most cases cupping is typically one technique that’s part of a larger treatment plan.

Cupping can be used for, and is not limited to:

  • Sinus pressure
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain/tightness
  • Shoulder pain/tightness
  • Back pain/tightness
  • Cellulite
  • Hamstring pain/tightness

Dr. Lindsay uses cupping with the goal of increasing blood flow, releasing toxins, relieving muscle tension, improving range of motion and improving function. Research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s healing process.

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