Benefits of Cupping:
- stretches and releases muscles and soft tissue.
- stretches fascia (connective tissue) at superficial and deep levels.
- assists to break up or remove adhesions or scar tissue, allowing for more range of movement in tissues.
- stimulates the nervous system, causing a release of endorphins and decreased pain.
- relaxes the nervous system.
- increases circulation and blood flow to the treatment site.
- moves and facilitates lymphatic fluid drainage.
- strengthens the immune system.
- assists to remove toxins and can draw up dead blood from old injuries.
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, and rheumatism.
Cupping May Influence Your Innate Immune Response: "Leonid Kalichman, Ph.D., a senior lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, has written more than 150 papers on physiotherapy and rheumatology. He believes that by causing localized inflammation, cupping helps trigger cytokine production that modulate your immune system response. "Mechanically, cupping increases blood circulation, whereas physiologically it activates the immune system and stimulates the mechanosensitive fibers, thus leading to a reduction in pain.
There is initial scientific evidence that dry cupping is able to reduce musculoskeletal pain. Since cupping is an inexpensive, noninvasive and low-risk (if performed by a trained practitioner) therapeutic modality, we believe that it should be included in the arsenal of musculoskeletal medicine."