Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that has found its place within modern day medicine as another option for pain management and detoxification. When toxins and cell waste stagnate in the muscles or joints, the body has a difficult time with waste disposal, which can lead to pain and discomfort. Cupping creates space for oxygen, living cells and nutrients needed for healing. Originally performed with horns and bamboo sticks to treat internal disease and structural problems, now replaced with glass or plastic bells utilizing the same concept. These interventions are currently being performed throughout Chinese and French hospitals for a variety of diagnoses including common colds, pneumonia, bronchitis and a large variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

What to expect?
The cups, which are a variety of sizes, are utilized in a variety of ways including active mobilization, passive mobilization and static placement. A small amount of suction is provided utilizing mechanical suction to draw up the superficial soft tissue to increase blood flow. When utilizing static placement of the cup, a “cup kiss” can be left behind. Many believe it is a bruise which in fact false. The discoloration is the blood, toxins and cellular debris being pulled to the surface, which is then removed via the venous system, lymphatic system, liver and kidneys. The discoloration can last 7-10 days. Please come prepared: drink plenty of water, eat something prior to treatment, avoid alcohol or toxic substance for 48 hours to allow for body detoxification to occur. Please also be aware of social events and areas exposed as marks may be left.

Benefits of cupping
-Clears stagnation
-Drains and moves fluid
-Relieves inflammation
-Nervous system sedation
-Expels congestion
-Stretches muscle and connective tissue
-Loosens adhesions (great for scars)
-Nourishes blood supply to the skin

-open wound
-infected tissue
-cardiac failure
-hemophilia or leukemia
-dermatitis or skin disorders
-1st trimester of pregnancy

Side effects
-“cup kiss”
-dizziness (come hydrated)
-headache (from detoxification)
-sedation or fatigue

Pricing (subject to change)

$40: Initial evaluation and cupping treatment

$30: Cupping follow up

Contact for questions or to schedule

Jessica Gertz, DPT
Phone: 414-775-7525