What are the uses, benefits, side effects and concerns?

Therapeutic Cupping is an ancient alternative medicine that dates back to around 1,550 B.C. but regained its popularity after the 2016 Rio Summer. Cupping uses, as a couple examples, silicone, plastic or glass cups that are placed on your skin. A vacuum is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps) pulling the skin surface into the cups causing your skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand. The cups are generally left in place for up to 3 minutes.

This form of deep tissue massage benefits assists with pain management, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being. There a two types of cupping, wet and dry. Wet Cupping is performed by cutting or needling the skin after the cups are removed causing it to bleed releasing toxins. Bandages with antibiotics are then placed in the area after the massage is completed. Dry Cupping, which is the only type performed at the Salt Den with mechanical suction devices and no fire, is completed by massaging the tissue after the cups are removed to increase blood flow and fluid movement.

The effect of manual therapies are greatly increased with Cupping.

~ Deep Tissue Massage ~ Myofascial Release ~ Lymphatic Drainage ~ Orthopedic Conditions ~ Neuromuscular Dysfunctions ~ Sports Massage and Injuries ~ Stubborn Conditions ~ Fibromyalgia ~ Trigger Point Therapy ~ Traumatic Injuries ~ Chronic Conditions ~ Abdominals ~ Reflexology ~ Physical Therapy ~ Detoxification ~ Cellulite, Scars, Stretch Marks and Varicosities ~ Facial Treatments ~ TMJD’s ~ Sports Medicine ~ General Relaxation and Wellness ~ (cited from www.cuppingtherapy.org)

There are a few minor side effects normally associated with dry cupping to include mild discomfort, bruising or skin irritation, but usually very safe, as long as you go to a licensed and trained professional, like the massage therapists at the Salt Den.

As with any new type of therapy, you should discuss your medical history, expectations and concerns with your therapist via consent forms and personal consultation.

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