Manual Cupping Therapy at MetroMD
Manual Cupping Therapy or Cupping Therapy is a practice that has been around for thousands of years. This ancient form of alternative medicine is still very common Today! According to historians, ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.
Using a special form of cups a trained therapist places them over the area of treatment this creates a suction over the skin. After a few minutes of suction, the skin begins to tighten as there is a quick increase in blood flow to the region. This treatment is great for many purposes, including to help with muscle pain, reduce inflammation, or increase blood flow to a certain part of the body.
Cupping Therapy is also a very common form of deep-tissue massage. Typically the cups are made of glass or silicone. Although the silicone pumps are a more common form of cupping fire can be used as well. During this, a therapist will put a flammable substance such as alcohol and set it on fire. As the fire goes out, he puts the cup upside down on your skin.
As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for up to 15 minutes. Depending on the area treated you might get 3-5 cups in your first session.
Afterward, you may get an antibiotic ointment and bandage to prevent infection. Your skin should look normal again within 10-14 days.
Cupping therapy is also great for getting rid of toxins from the body to promote healing and well being. We now can offer cupping therapy at MetroMD! If you would like to set up your first appointment or ask any questions you can give us a call at 323-285-5300!