Chiropractors and Cupping Therapy

Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that was used to treat chronic pains without having any side effect or maltreatment. With the changing of time this technique has become more popular not in their origin country but around the globe.

Even during the 21st century, Chiropractic treatments and cupping therapy are getting popular with its immense health benefits. Cupping therapy is the most effective deep tissue manipulation technique and compliments moderns medicine techniques.

Historical Value

This ancient remedy has its origins in the aboriginal era where native people used hollowed animal horns to drain the toxins from the skin lesions and to drain out venom. With the evolution of culture and more civilized procedures, people started to use bamboo cups to remove toxins and then with time glass cups took the place of cups, but this therapy never loses its efficiency and health benefits.

Though cupping goes back to ancient Egypt, it was perfected by the ancient Chinese and is sometimes referred to as Chinese cupping massage therapy. It is traditionally used to treat just about everything under the sun, including arthritis, anaemia, fertility issues, haemophilia, high blood pressure, headaches (particularly migraines), various neuroses (including depression), allergies, asthma, varicose veins, and more.

It is also supposed to increase energy and vitality, and improve overall health and immunity.

Over time cupping therapy was considered a household technique. In the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries cupping was the most used therapy for venomous bites. Other cultures like Greeks and Egyptians also used cupping as their medical treatment. 


What does cupping treat?

Cupping therapy stabilizes blood flow, relaxes tensed muscles and calms down the nervous system. This technique also treats many chronic diseases such

  • neck & back pain
  • muscle tension and stiff joints
  • anxiety/depression
  • fatigue
  • migraine headaches
  • hypertension
  • rheumatism
  • removes toxins from the body, boosting immunity
  • improves digestion
  • has been used to treat respiratory issues
  • boosts skin health
  • addresses cellulite


Types of Cupping Therapy

Cupping cups are made of different materials. Some include

  • Traditional glass
  • Bamboo
  • Ceramics
  • Silicone

Two different types of cupping therapy exist. Chiropractors can help patients to choose the type of cupping according to their health issues. helps their clients to analyze the nature of the problem, probable solution, and related technique. Two types of cupping therapy are commonly used

  • Dry Cupping Massage
  • Wet Cupping Massage

Chiropractor places the cup on the body of the client. The cup instantly tightens the body muscle and a specific vacuum is created in the cup. When the space inside the cup cools, it creates a suction that pulls your skin up into the cup.

The skin gets red during this process as the blood vessels just under it expand. The cup is not left in place long, usually just a few minutes or so. The cups may be moved around on your skin to give you a kind of massage, which is something the new silicone cups are particularly good at doing. This is the basic cupping method and is also called dry cupping.

Wet cupping is the same, except that after the cups are removed, your therapist makes a few tiny and very light cuts on your skin, then does the second cup over the area to draw up a small amount of blood. This method is said to remove impurities from your blood and leave it healthy and clean. With wet cupping, antibiotic ointment and bandages are used afterwards to prevent infection and keep the area clean until it heals in a few days to a little over a week.

What to Expect from Cupping Therapy

Both types of cupping involve your therapist putting something flammable, like alcohol, paper, or herbs, in the cup, and then set it on fire. The fire is only allowed to burn briefly, then it is put out, and the cup is put upside down on your skin, usually on your back, but sometimes on other parts of your body.

Who can receive cupping treatment?

Cupping is appropriate for individuals who are active, healthy and suffer from chronic pain, muscle tension, and other minor ailments. This treatment approach is NOT recommended for individuals with compromised or weak immune systems, significant health deficiencies, or seriously debilitating disease or illness.


While much of the reported benefits of cupping are anecdotal, they do have a history going back thousands of years. People wouldn’t do it if it didn’t work. There is also some recent scientific evidence that cupping helps heal herpes zoster, acne, facial paralysis, and cervical spondylosis.


Cupping Procedure

Partial vacuum is created when the cups are placed on the skin.  After a few minutes of having the cups on the skin, blood stasis is formed and this is where the healing takes place. The cups suction rapidly helping to loosen and lift connective tissue to assist in an increase in blood flow and lymph flow to the skin and the muscles. When the cups are removed in a pulling action, this engages the parasympathetic nervous system. In other words, it allows for a heightened state of relaxation for the body and mind.


Other Benefits of Cupping Massage.

In addition to increased blood flow and relaxation, cupping can help remedy minor problems that you may be experiencing with your health.  After having a cupping treatment, there can be a variety of side effects ranging from sleepiness, vivid dreams, food cravings and other minor issues. 


The side effects are, however, short-lived and usually mild.  They also become less frequent with more treatments.  The most recognizable side effects of cupping are discolouration.  These marks are not bruises but are caused by stagnant fluids that, when brought to the surface, create bruise-like marks.  This is the therapeutic effect that is wanted in order to create healthy tissue.  When tissues are healthy, the discolouration will no longer be present.


The health benefits of cupping strongly outweigh the minor side effects, so deciding to use this procedure should be an easy one. Removal of these toxins makes way for fresh blood, nutrients, and oxygen to absorb in blood.


Why are Cupping Marks Not Bruises?

Cupping marks are not considered as bruises because bruises are caused by injury, trauma or act of violence but cupping marks are the result of the healing process.  When the human body experiences any kind of trauma or injury blood capillaries under the skin started to break down that causes the accumulation of blood and healing fluids under the skin that causes redness. Because of breaking down of capillaries body feels the sensation of pain.


Cupping marks are not caused by any injury or breaking down of capillaries but because of the suction of from the cupping set, because the cups sucks and tightens the skin that causes toxins to accumulate under the under the skin and thus it brings toxic blood or fluids to the surface of the skin. The most important distinguishing factor of bruises from cupping marks that in cupping marks human body does not experience any kind of pain.


If clients feel any kind of discomfort, the chiropractor gives him a gentle massage that helps in the reduction of any stiffness and soreness of the body. Silicones cups are commonly used because of its gentle effect on skin and its relaxation properties. These sets allow the cup to glide across the skin easily like a massage treatment rather than focusing on one particular area.

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