Cupping Therapy

What Is Cupping?

Using suction, areas of skin is gently drawn into the “cup” over the targeted area of treatment. The vacuum can be generated by either heating or cooling of the air in the cup. In some cases, a mechanical pump. A single treatment can result multiple cups placed on the body in the treatment areas. The cups are left between 10 to 20 minutes.

The vacuum suction promotes increased circulation and draws stagnant fluids to the surface of the skin; away from the injury. It creates space for the muscles and body to repair itself with healthy circulation and nutrients.

“Cupping marks” can be a side affect of the cupping treatment – made well-known by the Olympic swim team and Michael Phelps in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.


Cupping marks on the back of Michael Phelps
at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics
(Photo: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports)