We understand tonification-cupping methods for qi (energy) and blood deficiencies, sedating or dispersing-cupping methods for hard or tight connective tissue and if you happen to have a cold or flu - we have methods for that to! No matter your reasoning for cupping, we will work with your constitution and body type to deliver a treatment individualised with the right suction to suit you.
We once heard this analogy in reference to cupping - so we will share it with you. When you were younger did you ever slam your fingers in a door and then suck on them to help the pain go away? Well, that is a form of cupping with a therapeutic outcome just like cupping therapy.
Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy dating back over 2000 years old with mention in the Hippocrates (1). All techniques of cupping are done with a specific method consisting either of light, moderate or strong suction to suit the patients constitutional strength, age or presenting condition.
"If muscles are chronically tight in an area, the muscle contraction could restrict vessels, slowing down blood flow that could result in the thickening of blood through platelet activity. The results of cupping could draw this stagnate blood and accompanying toxins through the muscle via suction helping to restore blood flow in areas of spasm, cork, pain or injury. The art of cupping can induce phagocytic activity to these areas, thus "cleaning it up" creating an immunological response within the body" (3). This may alter and significantly help relieve pain from an injury (new or old) and enhance your body's natural recovery from a hard PT or gym session or general physical activity.
Researchers suggest that placement of cups on selected acupoints on the skin produces hyperaemia - meaning an increase of blood flow to an area of local tissue resulting in a therapeutic effect (1, 2, 3). It is also suggested that cupping helps to remodel superficial tissue and release associated tissue beneath. This may have a trickle down effect to influence the fascial weave within internal physiology and functioning (3).
A systematic literature review concluded that majority of the included studies showed that cupping is of a potential benefit for the following conditions (1):
If you would like to know more about cupping or if it will help a particular condition that you may have - please give us a phone call on (07)5515 0409. Remember, you don't have to have pain to benefit from cupping therapy, sessions can be done to simply enhance relaxation and assist your general wellbeing.
We look forward to helping you.