Is Cupping Therapy Right For You?

Are you interested in a natural treatment option that can reduce pain? Heard of cupping but aren’t sure if the treatment is the right option for you? Dawn Potter Acupuncture in Clearwater proudly offers cupping therapy. Today we’re discussing what cupping is, what you can expect during treatment and what exactly cupping therapy does. Have additional questions about cupping? Ready to schedule your first appointment? Contact Dawn Potter Acupuncture today to get started, we’re welcoming new patients and can get you added to our schedule.

Cupping Therapy:

Cupping therapy or treatment involves using suction cups (often glass, rubber, silicone or plastic cups) that are placed on various places on the body. When the air within the cup is altered, a vacuum is created, drawing the tissue up into the cup. Cupping therapy increases blood flow in the area, loosens the connective tissue and stimulates healing. Cupping therapy is used similarly to how a deep tissue massage can be used to reduce pain and break up scar tissue, but are able to access the tissues in a completely different way. Cups are often placed on the shoulders, neck, back or area where the pain is experienced.

What to Expect

During your cupping therapy session, cups will be placed on specific areas and then suctioned onto the skin. When the cup is placed on the skin, it creates a vacuum, drawing the skin and muscles into the cup. The skin in the area will typically turn red as blood vessels respond to the pressure change. After the cups are removed, red petechiae marks may be present (like a hickey, from intense suction on the skin). These typically go away within 10 days of your appointment.

What Does Cupping Therapy Do?

Cupping therapy is used to improve circulation of blood, lymph and qi in the area experiencing problems. This improves tension, pain and swelling the patient often experiences. Impurities are also brought to the surface, removing toxins from the body. Cupping therapy loosens connective tissue, stimulates blood flow to the surface of the body and stimulates tissue relaxation.

Schedule Cupping in Clearwater, Florida

Are you interested in scheduling an appointment for cupping therapy in Clearwater, Florida? Reach out to Dawn Potter Acupuncture today, we’d be delighted to get you added to our schedule for an appointment.