Cupping therapy has its roots in ancient Chinese medicine, rendering it a practice used since 300 AD. The action of cupping itself involves glass cups that create a vacuum when suctioned against the skin. Of the benefits of cupping, blood flow is paramount; the body first deems the act of cupping as an injury, engaging an immediate anti-inflammatory response that mobilizes antibodies from the blood vessels into the tissues. The suctioning of the skin draws up stagnated blood, toxins, coagulated “sticky” proteins known as edema, and other buildup to the surface of the skin promoting healthy recirculation, improving tissue health and reducing pain.
Benefits of cupping therapy include:
Increased circulation and blood flow
Decrease muscle tension and promote cellular repair
Promotes healing by manipulating fascia and soft tissue