If you’re looking for an alternative treatment to ease pain or inflammation, cupping therapy can help. Cupping therapy is completely noninvasive and may promote circulation throughout your entire body. At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, Emily Priestas, DPT, proudly offers cupping therapy to men and women. To request your cupping therapy consultation today, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.
Cupping is an integrative, holistic therapy that originated in China. It involves your provider placing a series of cups on the surface of your skin to create suction. It’s thought that the suction facilitates your body’s natural healing process, while encouraging blood flow.
After your provider places the cups, your circulation increases. This may promote cell repair and ease inflammation. It’s also thought that cupping encourages the production of new connective tissue, including blood vessels.
There are two main types of cupping therapy: dry cupping and wet cupping.
Dry cupping uses a series of round, glass cups and uses suction only. Wet cupping also uses a series of round glass cups. However, it combines suction and controlled, medicinal bleeding.
The type of cupping therapy most beneficial to you depends on the condition being treated, the severity of your symptoms, and your medical history.
During cupping therapy, you’re asked to lie face down on an exam table. Once you’re comfortable, your provider places a series of rounded glass cups on your skin using a special rubber pump. The pump creates a vacuum that sucks your skin and muscle up into the cup. As your blood vessels respond to the change in pressure, you might notice your skin turning red or purple.
Each cup is placed at various spots on your back and/or limbs for 5-10 minutes. After removing each cup, your provider covers the treatment sites with ointments and a bandage. You might experience some bruising in the days following your appointment, but this should subside quickly.
At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine, the team regularly prescribes cupping therapy to ease uncomfortable symptoms caused by:
You might also benefit from cupping therapy if you’re stressed out or trying to recover from a sports-related injury.
Only a trained physical therapist can determine if you’re a good candidate for cupping therapy. Following a physical exam, discussion of your goals for treatment, and a review of your medical history, your provider can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
To learn more about cupping therapy at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine, call the office or click the online scheduling tool.