What Are The Benefits Of Cupping?

Medically reviewed by

Jerrod Wilson DC

Jun 13, 2020

Cupping is a vacuum type massage technique performed with handheld cups. Placing suction cups on the body creates a partial vacuum to reduce tension on the skin and tissues unclerneath. By creating suction and vacuum pressure, it can soften tight muscles and tone, loosen adhesions and lift up restrictive connective tissues.

  • Enhance joint and muscle function
  • Improve circulation
  • Break down scar tissue adhesions
  • Promotes healing process
  • Helps remove toxins and stagnated blood
  • Improves range of motion
  • Loosens tight muscles
  • Improves Qi
  • Calms nervous system
  • Alleviate headaches
  • Sports injury recovery

Cupping can be used to treat tight muscles. It is beneficial as it relieves tightness without the need of large pressure being applied. This massage technique lifts the tissues up, relaxing the muscles and allowing the muscle fibers to move slightly apart. To enable the muscle fibers to move apart rather than being tightly packed together increases the range of movement and flexibility of the muscle area.

Cupping is also effective when used to treat high tone. High muscle tone is the main cause of muscles tightening up. When muscles are tight, tissues become stiff and rigid which limits movement. Cupping releases high tone by increasing temperature of soft tissues, increasing blood circulation, breaking down adhesions and decreasing tone.

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