Cupping for myofascial and trigger point release is an effective way to reduce pain and injury.
Cupping: An ancient technique in a modern treatment
Cupping Therapy is a well-established practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture that converges with contemporary manual therapy. Rooted in centuries-old wisdom, Cupping Therapy involves the strategic use of glass or silicone cups to create a therapeutic vacuum, which increases local circulation and reduces myofascial pain and restrictions using shear force and negative pressure.
Our Expert Practitioners
At Anatomica, our commitment to your well-being extends through our specialized team. Our cupping practitioners include our Registered Acupuncturist, several Registered Massage Therapists, and select Chiropractic doctors, who incorporate their cupping training and therapeutic rehabilitation expertise to provide a personalized treatment experience tailored to your unique needs.
Cupping Therapy Services at Anatomica
- Cupping Massage Therapy by RMT: When performed by an RMT as part of a massage session, Cupping Therapy is often referred to as Tissue Distraction Release, using shear force (instead of compression) to release trigger points. Cupping and Swedish massage techniques are combined to maximize relaxation and pain relief.
- Acupuncture Cupping and TCM Manual Therapy: Cupping performed within the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine is focused on improving the flow of vital circulation and energy, which is shown to treat a variety of systemic conditions and promote healing and overall wellness.
- Chiropractic Cupping (with or without adjustments): Our Chiropractors integrate Cupping with manual therapy to address chronic myofascial pain, joint injuries, and mobility restrictions. Cupping treatment is available with or without chiropractic spinal adjustments, depending on your preference.
Cupping is Covered by Insurance
We bring you more than just effective therapy; we can also reduce your out of pocket expense! At Anatomica, Cupping Therapy is covered under Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and Massage benefits, and eligible for direct billing on most major plans. .Consult your insurance provider for plan details.
Key Benefits of Cupping Therapy
There are multifaceted benefits of Cupping Therapy:
- Increased circulation
- Deep relaxation
- Improved range of motion
- Reduced muscle tension
- Breakdown of fascial restrictions, scar tissue, and adhesions
- Enhanced healing and immunity
- Support for the respiratory system
- Encouragement of lymph drainage
- Myofascial release
Conditions Treated with Cupping
Cupping Therapy is versatile in addressing various conditions, including:
- Lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Knee pain
- Facial paralysis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Asthma, and more.
Cupping for Myofascial Release: Scientific Insights
Cupping Therapy’s efficacy in myofascial release is rooted in scientific understanding. Research indicates that the application of negative pressure through cupping facilitates the release of myofascial restrictions and promotes tissue regeneration[^1^]. This targeted approach can lead to enhanced flexibility, reduced pain, and improved overall tissue health.
Is Cupping Painful?
Cupping Therapy is designed to be a comfortable experience. Your therapist will tailor the pressure to ensure your comfort, akin to a deep Swedish massage or other myofascial-therapy treatments. Post-treatment, you may experience mild tenderness around the cupping marks which is normal and generally similar to the feeling after a workout. Any kickback pain should
Side Effects and Aftercare
Cupping may leave red, circular marks. Unlike bruises, these are generally painless indicators of increased circulation (not tissue damage) and typically fade within a week. Post-treatment aftercare recommendations include avoiding hot showers, baths, or saunas for 2 hours before and after treatment.
Cupping Session Details
- Cup Placement: Dynamic and static cupping techniques are employed strategically, with cups generally not staying in one spot for more than about 15 minutes. Cupping may be used over muscles and joint tissue for a local effect, or to stimulate specific acupuncture points for healing.
- Session Duration: Tailor your Cupping Therapy session to your preferences, seamlessly integrating into massage therapy, chiropractic, or acupuncture sessions, with durations ranging from brief to comprehensive (30-60 minutes). To maximize effectiveness and treatment time during your first appointment, please schedule an Initial Assessment or 60 minute cupping session.
Book Your Cupping Therapy Appointment Online
Cupping is offered by several of our practitioners, and available under multiple disciplines to best serve your unique needs. Contact us for more information or book your Cupping Therapy session online at Anatomica, where our experts combine traditional and contemporary wisdom for transformative healing.
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[^1^]: Ernst, E., & Lee, M. S. (2010). Acupuncture and cupping for myofascial pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European journal of pain (London, England), 14(3), 3-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpain.2009.03.011