Cupping is a non-invasive treatment used on the skin. It works by creating suction on the skin’s surface when either hot or cold cups are applied. Positive results are numerous and include relief of muscular tension; improved blood flow; general cell repair; reduction of adhesion; and formation of new connective tissues and blood vessels.
The cups themselves are made of either silicone (cold and applied on oil) or glass (heated first with fire). The application of oil to the skin aids the use of the cups in each case. Cupping works on the skin and within our fascia (the thin white envelope that surrounds our muscles and organs). The fascia is hard to define, but it effectively connects the whole body and is sometimes not fully considered when pain or healing takes place.
Cupping originated in China around 1700 years ago, and has been valued as a practice ever since. The Chinese described it as facilitating the flow of “Qi” (life force), which balances the negative (Yin) and positive (Yang) within the body. There are very few side effects associated with cupping, and any tend to occur during or immediately after your session.
Pain is frequently felt in a different place (or places) to the location of the actual dysfunction that is causing it. This is because your body is made up of many different tissues, all of which are connected. An Osteopath identifies and treats the root cause of your pain, rather than focussing on your symptoms. This cause may be an issue developed over time or come from a recent injury. This holistic approach addresses the pain and dysfunction, and also promotes your body’s ability to selfheal.