Physical & Cupping Therapy
Cupping is not used by itself as a treatment. It is just one method which may be used by physical therapists in the overall rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal conditions. Ultimately, the goal is improved mobility, stability, and movement patterns of your body.
For example, an area in your shoulder blade area may be tight, fibrotic or chronically irritated resulting in painful and restricted shoulder or neck motion. The shoulder blade area can be treated with cupping, but manual therapy and exercise will also be used to restore motion throughout the painful region.
Conditions Treated by Cupping Therapy
- Muscle, skin or myofascial areas which have decreased mobility
- ITB syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Post-op scar mobilization
- Muscle aches and stiffness
- Joint pain and arthritis
- Back pain
The Cupping Therapy Technique
Your procedure is performed by one of our trained therapists. Dry cupping is relatively straightforward and very safe. It is also expected to be comfortable and enjoyable. A mild suction is created using a cup and a pump on the selected treatment area and left in place for a few minutes. The mild suction pulls up the tissue in an affected area. The cup is then removed after 3 to 8 minutes. Multiple cups may be used simultaneously depending on the size of the area to be treated. The cup may also be gently moved to facilitate skin and other soft tissue tightness release (cupping massage).
Is Cupping Therapy Safe?
Cupping is not performed on people who are frail and thin, or obese. It is not performed on fragile or damaged skin. It is not performed during pregnancy. It is not used in patients with active cancer. It is never used in patients taking blood thinners. It is not used over tattoos.