Cupping is not a new medicine; it has been going on since 1500 BC. You may have seen professional swimmers with large, red, painful looking circles on their back and wondered what they are. We will try to explain what cupping is and its benefits.
Cupping therapy is a method of using plastic or glass cups to create localized pressure by causing a vacuum. Traditionally there is two types of cupping methods Dry cupping and Wet cupping.
Dry Cupping Vs Wet Cupping
Dry cupping traditionally will use a flame to heat the inside of the cup and then apply the cup to the skin, as the air cools it creates a vacuum raising the skin up and into the cup. This raising of the skin helps to elevate the tissue and separate out the different layers of skin, muscle and fascia. This creates space for new blood flow, reduce tension and reduce scar adhesions.
Dry cupping can now be applied with a pump instead of a flame and the cups can also be moved around if lotion is applied to the area to stimulate a reduction in tension across the whole muscle, similar to this the cups can be left still and the patient can move their joints nearby to reduce fascial tension.
Wet cupping uses a similar procedure to dry cupping but before the cups are applied, small cuts are applied to the skin then the suction sup is applied. This causes a vacuum to extract the blood from the skin. Wet cupping usually increases circulation if circulation has slowed down around an injured area.
These techniques are great to be used alongside other manual therapies such as massage, dry needling and PNF stretching.
Contact function jigsaw for Cupping therapy in Leicester
At function Jigsaw Leicester, we only provide Dry cupping therapy. For more information and booking, please contact us to make an appointment. You can also call us on 0116 340 0255 or email us at