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Getting 'Cup' Close and Personal: What Is Cupping?

In the realm of non-traditional therapies, cupping has surged in popularity in recent years, captivating the attention of athletes, celebrities, and those seeking non-traditional solutions alike. We’ve all seen the Olympic athletes competing with circle-sized bruises on their bodies, but what exactly is cupping, and how does it work?! At Joint Effort Movement Center, we believe in empowering our clients with knowledge about various therapeutic techniques. So...let's get 'cup' close and personal: what is cupping?

A physical therapist in Charleston, SC using cupping therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years, with roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It involves placing cups on the skin to create suction, which draws the skin and underlying tissue upward into the cup. This suction is typically created by heating the air inside the cup or, at our clinic, by using a vacuum pump.

How Does Cupping Work?

The suction created by the cups draws the skin and underlying tissue upward, resulting in a gentle, pulling sensation. This technique is believed to stimulate blood flow, loosen muscles, and promote the release of toxins from the body. While cupping therapy may leave temporary marks on the skin, these marks typically fade within a few days and are not painful. In fact, many clients report feeling a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation after a cupping session.

Benefits of Cupping:

Cupping offers a range of benefits, including:

  • Pain Relief: Cupping can help alleviate muscle tension and reduce pain, making it beneficial for conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches.

  • Improved Circulation: By increasing blood flow to the treated area, cupping may promote faster healing and recovery from injuries.

  • Relaxation: Many people find cupping to be deeply relaxing, with some comparing it to a deep tissue massage, making it an excellent complement to traditional physical therapy modalities.

At Joint Effort, we are dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your specific goals and concerns. Whether you're seeking relief from chronic pain, recovering from an injury, or simply looking to enhance your overall well-being, we're here to support you on your journey! Book a cupping session HERE and see the benefits for yourself.


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