Cupping is a therapy dating back at least 2,000 years. Types of cupping include retained cupping, flash cupping, moving cupping, wet cupping, medicinal cupping, and needling cupping (wet and needling cupping are not performed at our clinic for hygienic reasons).
The actual cup can be made of materials such as bamboo, glass, or earthenware. The mechanism behind cupping therapy is not clear, but some researchers suggest that placement of cups on selected acupoints on the skin produces hyperemia (excess of blood) or hemostasis (stopping of a flow of blood), which results in a therapeutic effect (Cao et al., 2012).
We use cupping to treat myofascial pain primarily. Get in touch with one of our therapists here in Brunswick on 03 9191 0512 and see how hot cupping can help you.