Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese medicinal practice that has been used for centuries, though it has only recently been gaining popularity in the US. Ever since cupping marks were visible on Michael Phelps at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, we have been receiving more interest and inquiries about cupping.
We thought we would write a blog post about it, so our patients can learn more about the therapy and what it has to offer. Cupping therapy has many benefits and most patients find that it is a pleasant, relaxing experience. Here are some reasons why you might want to give it a try:
- It is safe. There are no major side effects or dangers when it comes to cupping therapy, especially if your provider is experienced and qualified.
- It can ease muscle and joint pain or discomfort. Whether you are a trained athlete looking for some post-workout relief or have been experiencing lower back pain and want to find an alternative route to pain killers, cupping may provide the solution you are looking for.
- It can improve digestion. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine says that “benefits include an improved metabolism, relief from constipation, a healthy appetite, and stronger digestion.”