6 Reasons Why You Should Try Massage Cupping

Photo of a massage cupping therapy session

Curious about cupping? You should be! As it turns out, suction is a modern-day medical superhero. Whether you’re looking for pain relief or just better overall health, this strange-looking therapy packs a powerful punch. Here are 6 reasons why you should definitely consider giving massage cupping a try.

#1. Cupping boasts an amazing number of health benefits.

Because it works similar to acupuncture — by removing stagnant energy and bringing fresh blood and plasma to a specific part of the body — massage cupping has the ability to effect a broad range of healing. In fact, cupping has been credited with:

  • Reducing pain by eliminating inflammation and trauma stored in the myofascial tissue
  • Improving circulation
  • Stopping muscle spasms and relaxing tension in muscles
  • Healing respiratory issues, bronchitis and common colds by breaking up mucus and phlegm
  • Relieving digestive trouble by promoting the flow of bile

#2. Cupping is the perfect complement to a traditional massage.

While traditional medical massage works by pushing and applying pressure directly to the muscles and trigger points of the body, cupping is more like a deep-tissue reverse massage — using suction to pull the skin and myofascial tissue up and into the cups.

As the video below illustrates, cupping sessions are generally done in two phases. In the first phase, cups are applied to the area for 1 to 15 minutes in a stationery position. In the second phase (sometimes called “scraping”), cups are then moved gently along the area where the client is experiencing pain or stiffness.

Note: For optimal results, cupping should be done at the same time as a traditional medical massage.

#3. Cupping is an all-natural, effective pain relieving therapy.

Whether you’re living with chronic pain or you’re simply a weekend warrior who’s overdone it, cupping has been shown to relieve painful conditions such as:

  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neck pain
  • and more

And the best part, it’s a drug-free, inexpensive treatment with no negative side effects.

#4. Massage cupping is a must for athletes in training.

Back in 2016, Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps swore by cupping as a way to quickly relieve sore muscles and improve recovery time.

Michael Phelps Instagram post

And while most athletes tend to get their cupping done by either an acupuncturist or a licensed massage therapist, some — including Alex Naddour — actually prefer a more do-it-yourself approach.

#5. Cupping is safe and proven.

Cupping therapy is not a fad; it has literally been around for centuries. Long before Hollywood A-listers like Jennifer Aniston started touting the practice here in the US, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine were using cupping as part of a broader, more holistic health restoration program for patients as far back as 1,550 BC.

More recently, multiple clinical studies and scientific reviews, such as this one from 2014, acknowledge cupping’s effectiveness, particularly in relieving localized pain.

#6. Cupping therapy is surprisingly not painful.

Despite the pink, dark red or even purple circles that are visibly left behind after a cupping session, clients say it honestly doesn’t hurt as bad as you might think, especially if you’re already accustomed to trigger point therapy or Swedish massage. Your particular experience and sensation will likely depend on how deep the trauma or injury that you’re trying to heal actually is.

Get Started with Massage Cupping

Here at Apollo Chiropractic, we offer massage cupping as an effective complementary therapy for anyone seeking pain relief or simply a higher level of physical health and wellbeing. Contact us today to schedule a massage cupping appointment.

Note: As with any therapy, cupping has a few restrictions. It’s not recommended for women who are pregnant or for anyone with a preexisting skin infection.