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)

Is Acupuncture Right For You?

Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness is committed to helping you achieve your most balanced life using various treatment modalities individualized to your personal needs. We want to make holistic alternative healthcare accessible to everyone in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

We provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with personalized and professional care developed with each of our clients. Practitioners Alan Suhr and Dylan Brandenburg are both state and nationally certified Acupuncturists.

We use only small gauge, disposable needles to re-establish the balance of energy in the body. The needles are inserted at points in the body that correspond to energy pathways. This stimulation helps to restore the normal balance and flow of ‘Qi’ or ‘Chi’ – your life force.

Alan Suhr is a certified Master of Qi Gong. Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness often pairs Chinese herbal medicine with Acupuncture to address the full range of our patients’ symptoms. Other modalities we practice include cupping, gua sha, and moxa.