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Cupping Therapy: What is it and what does it do for my body?

Some of you may have heard of the term “cupping” over the years, or even seen some athletes on TV discussing the treatment. This technique has been used in Eastern medicine for centuries, and works off the principles of decompression to decrease restrictions in the body.

Unlike traditional massage where the clinician is using a downward force along the tissues and muscles, cupping therapy uses suction cups that create a negative force to lift up the tissue from its space in body. The cups come in different sizes to best fit the area of need, and the suction pressure varies dependent on tightness of muscle or tissue. Once the tissue has been lifted, the clinician will move the cup in the area of tightness, similar to a massage, and at times will leave the cup in a zone of increased tightness or trigger points. The main purpose is to decrease the restriction in the muscle to allow for increased movement, while improving circulation and decreasing pain

Benefits of Cupping

Increase Blood Flow

Post-surgical Recovery

Increase Scar Tissue Mobility

Scar Tissue Adhesions

Decrease Pain

Common Conditions

Muscle Tightness/Trigger Points

Decrease Trigger Point Tenderness

Movement Imbalances

Improve Movement Quality

Orthopedic Conditions

Cupping is available at Allegheny Medical to any patient appropriate for this treatment. Call or visit us online to make an appointment for an evaluation to determine if you would be an ideal candidate for this service.


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