Traditional cupping involves using a flame to achieve suction or minus pressure inside the cups which is applied to different areas if the body. The partial vacuum that’s generated mobilizes the blow flow and microcirculation to promote healing.
Different kinds of cupping include, stationary cupping, flash cupping, sliding cupping or wet cupping.
Cups can also be made from different materials such as glass, silicon or plastic, with plastic, pump cups being the popular choice in my clinic due to their easy administration and versatility.
In response to cupping therapy the skin produces increased blood flow or “Sha” which is different from a bruise and is used as a diagnostic tool. These bruise like areas are an important part of the therapy, and can be understood as areas of stagnation and poor circulation. The darker the marks, the worse the circulation is and the local tissues and muscles are therefore lacking oxygenated blood and nutrients.
Cupping therapy initiates the healing and cleaning process, clearing the old stagnant blood back into circulation, and bringing new oxygen and nutrients back to muscles and tissue