What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of holistic pain management, whose science is rooted in the cup’s ability to remove toxins from the body and promote blood flow and relaxation. Cups can be made of glass, earthenware, bamboo or silicon and when properly applied to the patient (usually on the back) creates a suction that can reduce inflammation. Ancient Chinese, Egyptian, and Middle Eastern cultures documented the use of cupping therapy as far back as 1550 B.C. Today it’s used as a holistic alternative to more invasive pain management techniques, like using painkillers or muscle-relaxing medications.
“Wet cupping” and “dry cupping” are the two variations of the cupping technique used for pain alleviation. Dry cupping involves creating a vacuum between the cup and the skin where the cups are placed, in order to pull the soft tissue away from the body in a deep massage fashion. Cups can either stay in place or be moved across the surface of the body to create different effects.
Wet cupping is a more advanced cupping technique, designed to extract more toxins from the body by creating micro-abrasions in the skin after the cups are removed. The cups are then reapplied and gentle suction is applied a second time to extract a small amount of blood from the abrasions in the skin. This technique is thought to remove the toxins within the body that cause pain and soreness and is popular among athletes post-workout to promote pain relief and faster recovery.
What Can Wet Cupping Do For Me?
Wet cupping can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including stress and anxiety, acute and chronic pain, lymphatic impairment, digestive disorders, and hormonal imbalances, among other things. It can even aid in weight management and sports injury recovery when done by experienced wellness professionals.
How Can I Make an Appointment?
If you’re ready to book an appointment and experience the relief that cupping can offer, Integrative Family Wellness in Smithtown, NY is ready to pencil you in. They’re the leading experts in cupping treatment in Long Island, and their professionals are ready to walk you through your first experience with the procedure. If you live in Suffolk County and you’re ready for the holistic pain relief you’ve been looking for, look no further. Click here to set up an appointment today!