There has been a lot recently in the news about cupping therapy and cupping treatments, particularly in regards to the Olympics. We have seen many articles on athletes and their chosen health regimes for peak performance for competition. Various athletes have been seen with bright round marks on their body after they have had cupping therapy. Michael Phelps publicised his cupping therapy during his swimming races in Rio de janeiro 2016. After having won 5 Gold medals and 1 silver medal in the pool, many people are wanting to know more about his routine for success and why he chooses cupping therapy.
You may be wondering:
- why are people getting cupping treatments?
- what does it feel like to get cupping?
- what are those marks on the body?
- can cupping help pain?
What is cupping?
Cupping is a therapy that is described as the opposite pressure to a massage: instead of pushing down, the cups vacuum up! Cupping has been around for thousands of years and used to help treat many conditions including pain and muscle recovery. Cupping is often used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. In our Brisbane acupuncture clinic we offer cupping as either a separate therapy or in combination with acupuncture.
After a health consultation we use massage oil in the area the glass cups will be placed. The qualified therapist quickly moves a flame in and out of the cup, creating an air vacuum which is then placed on your skin. The skin is gently sucked up and creates a slight pulling and releasing sensation. Depending on the condition we slowly glide the cups across the area. You are monitored the through the whole process. When the skin is ready, the cups are easily removed, the toxins brought to the surface of the skin are wiped away and essential oils are applied to the area to promote further healing.
What are the benefits of cupping?
There are many benefits to cupping including an increased range of movement and flexibility as it rapidly facilitates a release of tight tissues in the body. Cupping can promote circulation and drain stagnant areas in the body. So if you have tight shoulders or neck pain, back pain, then consider cupping therapy. (1,2)
Is cupping painful?
In our AcuBalance Chermside clinic, we pride ourselves in taking the very best care of you. During your cupping treatment we regularly check in with you to ensure you are relaxed and enjoying your treatment. Many people sleep through the cupping session and find cupping very relaxing and pain free. During your treatment you will have a lovely heat lamp on you and will be listening to our relaxation music playing with essential oils diffusing in the air. This is your chance to wind down and relax.
What are the marks?
Where can I get cupping in Brisbane?
We will take care of you! Book in for your cupping treatment at AcuBalance Acupuncture clinic in Chermside West Brisbane. We are a family run acupuncture clinic easily located in Brisbane's Northside.
Our therapists have substantial experience in pain management including neck pain, back pain, headaches and chronic pain.
Do we accept eftpos?
Yes, we have an eftpos machine at our Brisbane Northside clinic. Our acupuncture services are covered by private health insurance and can be claimed on the spot.
What qualifications does a cupping therapist have?
At AcuBalance Acupuncture clinic, we have been trained at university level on the best cupping therapy techniques. Cupping is not regulated in Australia, therefore no minimum standard education or qualification is required. We strongly recommend treatments with a qualified therapist.
Want to know more?
We always welcome your questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0403 947 447.
Thank you for reading and looking forward to seeing you in our clinic.