Cupping is a therapy in which a jar (cup) is attached to the surface of the skin using suction. This suction is caused by the introduction of a negative pressure using an ignited material to heat the air within the jar. As the air cools suction is created within the the cup, causing the patient’s skin to be pulled into it. This vacuum causes local congestion to be moved to the surface of the body. Moving blood and/or energy that may be stuck in a particular area of the body allows healing to occur. By moving what is stuck new energy and blood can flow in and heal. The jars can be stationary on a particular point, or slid in order to cover a larger area using a small amount of herbal oil. Most oils used also have healing qualities of their own. Stationary cups can be placed on the skin alone or over an acupuncture needle. Cups can be placed distally as well as on a local area with good results. Generally a cup is left on the skin for 10 min. and can cause a purple bruise like mark to remain, if the stagnation was caused by blood. These marks last a few days and leave no remaining signs afterwards. A quick cupping technique is used with elderly or deficient patients in order to achieve benefit without depleting the client of needed energy.
MediCupping Vacuum Therapy
Vacuum therapy is a pleasant, non-invasive treatment that creates a soothing suction using vacuum "cups" on the surface of the body that reaches deep into the tissues. This movement: releases restrictions, congestion and stagnation within the muscles, layers of skin and connective tissues to improve circulation, decrease inflammation, relieve deep muscular pain, increase range of motion, soften scar tissue, and sedates the nervous system. A few of the conditions that respond well to Vacu-Therapy include muscular aches, arthritis, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, post op recovery, athletic stress and injury, scars and adhesions, poor circulation and fibromyalgia.
Vacu-Therapies lift tissue whereas massage compresses tissue. This releases underlying stagnation and congestion in tissues and the circulatory systems in a method and traditional massage techniques cannot accomplish. Integrating massage and Vacu-Therapies provide a comprehensive treatment to rejuvenate or restore tissues for optimal function.
Lymphatic drainage is accomplished through a more gentle action of the vacuum in a precise pattern to promote drainage and improve lymphatic circulation.
Face lifting and drainage techniques open and clear the drainage pathways in the head and neck. It assists in relief of conditions such to sinusitis, migraine headaches, and tension headaches.
Pain in a particular area of the body and/or tight muscles is what cupping is used for most often. It can help with many other ailments as well: varicose veins, boils, low back pain, shoulder or leg pain, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea, and chronic coughs are just a few additional reasons for using cups. Chest congestion, from an acute situation like colds and flues to chronic asthma, gets great relief using this method.