Why You’d Choose Cupping Therapy

Wellington Cupping Therapy

What is Cupping?

Cupping can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or dry needling and dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures and is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices.

Cupping therapy can be performed with different techniques. Most commonly, a burning cotton bud is placed inside a glass cup, which creates a vacuum inside as the hot air cools. The cups can also be attached to a pump that creates suction.

In dry cupping, the therapist will simply place the suction cups on the skin. In wet cupping, the practitioner will make a small incision on the skin and then apply the suction cup to draw out small amounts of blood. (We only practice dry cupping at Absolute Therapy.)

After the cups are placed on the skin and suctioned, they remain for as long as 20 minutes, remaining still and silent, puts the client into a more relaxed state as it sedates the central nervous system.

Cupping For Pain Relief

Relief from pain and discomfort is one of the main objectives why people opt for cupping therapy. The benefits of cupping include local pain relief and muscle relaxation. By removing the energy blockages that TCM practitioners identify as barriers to the flow of healthy energy. Cupping can improve overall health and in athletics, cupping may help increase blood flow to a particular muscle region or help reduce pain.  It is effective at stretching tight fascia and muscles. Cupping helps the tissue develop new blood flow and causes anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body.

Popular with athletes because it works to bring nutrients to their muscles and heals the micro tears that occur because of the rigorous training they undertake. Most important, it helps carry away the toxins released by the repairing of tissues.

In a recent article HERE from the National Center for Biotechnology Information discussed a series review of five trials two randomized clinical trials and three controlled clinical trials on the effects of wet cupping on musculoskeletal problems. Its findings suggested that wet cupping is effective for treating low back pain.


It is important to note that cupping therapy cannot be done on people who bleed easily, have skin ulcers, or oedema. During pregnancy cupping techniques should be applied with extreme care and the lower back and abdomen should never be cupped.

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