Cupping

Toronto Cupping Clinic

Cupping is a traditional Chinese Therapy that involves the use of a vacuum created by heating a glass cup in order to promote circulation or draw out toxins that are lodged in deeper layers of the body. The use of cups as a method of treatment dates back to 1000 BC in China and has actually been recorded in many other cultures.

Cupping can help provide deep relaxation of the muscles and fascia. By promoting circulation and drawing out toxins, cupping can provide pain relief and also relieve rheumatic diseases. Traditionally, cupping is commonly used to treat frozen shoulders, back pain and mild fevers.

There are various styles of cupping that are detailed below:

Retention cupping (stationary): Cups are heated and placed on areas of the patient. The cups are not moved and will stay on the patient for 10-20 minutes depending on the patient’s condition.

Flash cupping: Cups are heated and repetitively placed and pulled from the patient’s body, this method is generally used for patients with a weak constitution.

Moving cupping: Cups are heated and placed on the patient’s body along with massage oil. The cups are then moved along the meridians to promote circulation and deep relaxation of the tissues.

*Please note that Cupping may leave bruise-like marks that usually disappear within 3-7 days depending on the patient’s body. These marks are generally not painful.

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