what is cupping?

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.

The 2016 Olympic games in Rio quickly made cupping therapy very popular but it is not new.  Cupping therapy dates back to around 1550 BC. There are multiple studies that support cupping therapy however it is usually utilized in conjunction with other therapies such as massage and physical therapy. http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/cupping-therapy

Here is an article published on the APTA website with more information about cupping: http://www.apta.org/Blogs/PTTransforms/2016/8/15/SeeingSpots/

Ask our physical therapy or massage therapy departments for more information. Our massage therapist Brian Hollingsworth incorporates cupping into some of his massage treatments.