Cupping is the new alternative healing craze that everyone seems to be raving about. Even celebrities like Kim Kardashian-West, Justin Bieber, and Andy Murray have been spotted sporting the distinct round bruising that often follows cupping therapy.

Most people tend to shy away from it, mostly because the videos you see on the internet involve fire. However, myofascial cupping may be more like your style, as it involves none of the fire and all of the relaxation.

Let’s explore everything there is to know about it!

A person’s back with red round marks resulting from cupping therapy

Where Cupping Came From

Cupping is found in different historical sources, but it seems to have originated somewhere in Asia. Chinese cupping practices are the most documented. It was used as a way to release toxins and heal ailments of the mind and body.

One the other hand, Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures have also been practicing cupping or Hijama for a long time. Like Chinese cultures, there was an added intangible element to this, whereby people believed the process was pulling out bad energy and restoring the body.

However, this practice was also common in Europe during the 14th century for gout, and it remained a valid medical procedure for pain relief in France up to the ‘20s.

How Effective is Myofascial Cupping?

Unlike fire or wet cupping, myofascial cupping is often more comforting for the client because of the lower risk of accidents. However, the first question most people ask about it is whether cupping actually works.

Research on cupping has been sparse, and most doctors do not prescribe it. However, the practice is entirely safe, especially when performed by experts like our RMTs in Edmonton.

What research has shown is that people who underwent cupping therapy reported lower pain and stress levels. However, there is concern that this may be a placebo effect, which means that people respond to the environment and the idea of the treatment rather than cupping itself.

The best way to find out if it works for you is to try it yourself and see how you feel about it.

Myofascial cupping therapy tools; a pump and a cup lying on a neutral; surface

What to Expect During Cupping?

First, your RMT will probably discuss what complaints you have and the issues you’re facing. Based on this conversation, they may localize the treatment they provide to you. If you’re dealing with strain in your arms and hands, that could be the focal point of your cupping therapy session.

With myofascial cupping, the small bowl-like cups are placed onto the skin, attached to a vacuum suction pump. This pump is used to create the vacuum, so your skin gets pulled into the open space.

After this, the therapist will move these cups around to create flow and release tension in the surrounding area.

Sold on cupping treatments yet? You can get safe, relaxing cupping therapy in Edmonton, Alberta, at our chiropractic center, Action Chiropractic and Massage. Contact us for an appointment!