Cupping is a practice that involves placing cups on the skin to create suction and strongly increase the flow of blood. It dates back over 2,000 years but has only recent received attention in the media due to its use by world-class athletes for injury relief. Cupping creates a vacuum to 'pull' the blood with lactic acid (or any other waste material) from the muscles up to the surface. Once the 'waste' is removed from the muscles and 'fresh' blood flows in, the muscles relax. The essfect can be felt within a few minutes. For the same reason, it is also used to assist with detoxification process.
Traditionally, the provider creates a vacuum with fire and place the cupping on your skin (also called fire cupping). In our clinic, instead of fire cupping we use a mechanical pump which allows us to control the amount of pressure. The treatment should not be painful and the relief should be felt within a few minutes. Drinking 2 or 3 cups of water after the treatment is recommended. The cupping therapy provides the best results when combined with TDP lamp right after.