The cup creates a vacuum or suction and the skin will rise into the glass cup and begin to redden. Typically, these glass or silicone cups are set in place for up to three minutes at a time. But some treatments require longer times and can last up to twenty minutes. Dry cupping produces a low amount of pressure. The cups are better suited for use on the softer tissue so that a secure and tight seal is allowed against the skin.
During a wet cupping therapy session, the cupping therapist will make small cuts on the patient’s skin, typically by using a sterilized scalpel and then perform a cupping session to draw out some of the blood.
- Local pain relief
- Muscle relaxation
- Increases circulation and oxygenation of the blood in an affected area
- Passively stretches myofascial tissue
- Increases range of motion of the affected area
- Increases collagen production and tissue repair
- Relieves muscle spasms
- Breaks up adhesions in tissue (similar to massage)
- Reduces inflammation
- Helps with clearing natural energy pathways inside the body
- Depending on the cupping technique used, it can help remove toxic blood