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Understanding Cupping: A Traditional Therapy for Modern Wellness

Progressive Chiropractic

Progressive Chiropractic

Myotherapist cupping

In recent years, Berwick massage therapists have found cupping has gained popularity as a therapy for various health concerns. Originating from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and other ancient cultures, cupping involves placing cups on the skin to create suction. While it might seem like a new trend, cupping has a rich history dating back thousands of years.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is a therapeutic technique that involves one of our massage therapists placing cups on the skin to create suction. These cups can be made of glass, bamboo, silicone, or plastic. The suction is typically created by heating the air inside the cup or by using a pump to remove air.

How Does Cupping Work?

The suction created by the cups draws the skin and superficial muscle layer into the cup. This suction effect is believed to increase blood flow to the area, promoting healing and relieving muscle tension. It is also thought to help release toxins and stimulate the flow of energy, or qi, within the body according to traditional chinese medicine principles.

Health Benefits of Cupping:

While scientific research on cupping is still limited, many people report benefits such as:

  • Pain Relief: Cupping is often used to alleviate muscle and joint pain, including back pain and neck pain.
  • Relaxation and Stress Reduction: Many people find cupping to be a relaxing experience, helping to relieve stress and anxiety.
  • Detoxification: Advocates of cupping believe that it can help remove toxins from the body, although scientific evidence for this is lacking.

Modern Applications and Considerations

Athletic Performance:

Athletes have increasingly turned to cupping therapy to relieve muscle soreness and improve recovery after intense workouts or competitions.

Pain Management:

Cupping is also used as a complementary therapy for conditions such as back pain, neck pain and arthritis, although its effectiveness for these purposes varies from person to person.

Is it safe?

Cupping is considered safe when performed by a trained practitioner, but can cause temporary skin discoloration, bruising, and soreness.


Cupping therapy offers a fascinating blend of ancient tradition and modern wellness practices. Whilst its efficacy and mechanisms of action continue to be studied, many people find relief from various health issues through this non-invasive and holistic approach. Whether you’re seeking pain relief, stress reduction, or improved athletic performance, cupping with one of our myotherapists or remedial massage therapists in Berwick may offer a unique avenue for promoting overall well-being.