Some acupuncture treatments involve cupping, what is it? How does it help?
Cupping involves the application of glass cups onto the surface of the body using suction. It is administered at the end of an acupuncture treatment and is mostly used to bring blood into the muscles to facilitate the healing process.
Cupping is not unique to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Countries around the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and the Middle East have therapeutic traditions which utilise cupping. Each of these traditions has their own use for cupping. In Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture the cupping is most commonly used to release muscular tension.
Dr Kirk Wilson at Meridian Healing Centre uses the traditional method of cupping. This is done by placing a flame inside the glass cup to burn the oxygen thus creating a vacuum. Before the vacuum effect is lost, Kirk places the cup quickly in place on the skin. The skin is then sucked up into the cup so that the cup remains fixed. To remove the cup, Kirk simply places his finger in the edge to release the seal. This all may sound painful, but it is not. Many acupuncture patients at Meridian healing Centre consider cupping to be their favourite part of their treatment.
Cupping does leave behind mild bruising. The bruising can last up to approximately four to five days. All things being equal, bruising will be more pronounced when either the cupping is strongly applied or when the muscles are in the most need of a release. Only a small percentage of patients at Meridian Healing Centre will receive strong cupping. If you are unsure about cupping let Kirk know and he will adjust your treatment protocol accordingly.