Everything You Need To Know About CUPPING

Something we use regularly in clinic to treat a whole host of complaints and conditions, here's Everything You Need To Know About Cupping.


People often wonder how a technique that leaves you looking like you've been cuddled up with an octopus can have so many incredible health benefits...



History tells us that this unique and highly effective technique has been in practice for thousands of years, with evidence of its presence found in Egyptians, Hindu and Ancient Chinese writings.


What's it used for?

Cupping therapists have found the practice to produce amazing results in treating the following:

  • Muscle spasm & tension

  • Migraines and headache

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Poor circulation

  • Back or hip pain

  • Joint replacement (commonly knee & hip)

  • Poor circulation

  • Arthritis

  • Surgical scarring

How does it work?

Many people have seen photos of cupping on people's backs. Although this is the most common placement, they can be applied to any area of the body with enough skin to support the cupping process.


Once the cups are applied, suction is used to remove the air between the skin and the cup itself, creating a vacuum. This vacuum draws fresh, nutrient-rich blood into the area which will help to 'kick-start' the healing process within the tissue itself. Cupping also softens the tissues, improving suppleness and flexibility within the muscles


and to the surrounding joints.

Cups will either be stationary (traditional), or moved across the skin whilst the suction is applied (myofascial).


Both techniques produce fantastic results for the tissues beneath, including:

  • Reduced muscle tension & pain

  • Improved range of movement in the joints

  • Improved lymph flow

  • Improved circulation

What to expect

Most people report cupping to be a soothing and relaxing experience. Very few people experience a mild discomfort whilst the cups are in placement, but most will agree that the benefits far outweigh this.


Cupping often causes marks that look like bruises to the skin. The go


od news is, they aren't usually painful and go away with a few days.

For some people, cupping may not be an instantaneous success. Treatment can sometimes aggravate symptoms for a few days before healing sets in. Often cupping will be used in conjunction with a range of other modalities to make sure you get incredible results.


Both Laura Parkes-Drewery and Malcolm Gray are trained in Myofascial Cupping Therapy and use this within their Clinical Bodywork & Massage Therapy sessions.


Reach out to us and we'll talk you through a few questions about your pain and our treatment to make sure it's the right choice for you.


01342 545055 bookings@therapybarn.co.uk www.therapybarn.co.uk The Therapy Barn, Lingfield


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