Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Have you been wondering what Cupping Therapy is, the benefits of it, and if it's appropriate for you?

If yes, this is the article for you! Here we shall be breaking down what cupping is, how it works, who would benefit from it, and frequently asked questions we get about Cupping Therapy from our patients.

So what is Cupping Therapy?

Originating as a form of traditional Chinese therapy, cupping therapy involves placing special cups on the skin of the patient to create suction. This suction relieves muscle tension and increases blood flow, which promotes cellular healing.

The resulting vacuum sensation causes the patient's skin to rise up and redden as a result of the blood vessels expanding. Our approach to cupping therapy in Sydney sees these cups stay on for a period of around three minutes.

Cupping helps form new connective tissues and creates new blood vessels in the tissue. Essentially it brings toxins to the surface of the skin and draws them out from deep within your body.

Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy can provide pain relief from tight muscles, improve range of motion, assist with recovery from injuries around the back and groin, and even provide relief from a tight chest brought on by asthma.

Furthermore, cupping can potentially aid in reducing inflammation, decreasing skin tension, and improving your neurological response system.

In general, cupping therapy aims to relieve stagnation and tension in the targeted regions. It does this by loosening the muscles, stretching your fascia, promoting blood flow, and sedating your nervous system.

Who would benefit from it

Cupping Therapy can be very effective in relieving muscular aches and pain, headaches, lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and knee pain. It can also be used as a recovery method, in order to improve blood circulation and decrease muscle & joint stiffness after intense exercise.

As a result, Cupping Therapy can be beneficial to a wide range of patients, and it is frequently used on athletes, office workers, and gymgoers.

Frequently asked questions about Cupping

Does cupping therapy hurt?

Our approach to cupping therapy in Sydney is as pain-free for our clients as possible. Patients may experience mild to strong pressure in the target areas. This tension is less to that experienced in a deep tissue massage.

Are there any side effects of cupping therapy?

You will most likely have seen the visual effects of cupping therapy on your favourite athletes online. It is a very safe procedure, backed by sports scientists and athletes across the world.

The therapy will invariably leave some markings and bruises on the skin where the cups were placed. The discolouration is a completely normal reaction, and cases are often mild and do not signify anything has gone wrong. Unlike actual bruises, the marks from cupping will not be as tender to the touch. For first-time patients, you might experience some very minor discomfort in the areas, which is typically a sign of the treatment working!

Where are the most common areas for cupping?

Typical cupping therapy involves placing the cups to the following areas of the body:

  • Back

  • Shoulders

  • Buttocks

  • Groin

  • Legs

  • Chest

  • Abdomen

How long will I have cupping marks for?

The minor discolouration that is caused by the treatment typically fades within seven days of your cupping therapy in Sydney.

How often should you get Cupping Therapy?

The optimal frequency with which patients can come in for cupping varies from person to person. For some, as often as two times per week. Cupping is typically used in conjunction with other treatments like our Sydney shockwave therapy, also offered by Infinite Health.

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