Fire Cupping & Air Cupping

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What can Fire Cupping (and all types of cupping) do for me?

Cupping comes in two forms: Fire Cupping and Air Cupping. As the name suggests, one form uses fire suction, and the other uses air suction in the form of a pump or silicon cup. This modality is part of the scope of practice of an Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Practitioner. 

 

Although the thought of having an open flame close to your body might seem risky, it is very safe when a registered acupuncturist performs the service. We are highly trained and tested on protocol and safety in our programs and also provincially. When the flame is inserted into the glass cup, it creates a vacuum effect on the skin, pulling the skin partly into the cup.

 

This ancient Chinese practice of fire cupping is highly effective and beneficial for several ailments. This revolves around the premise that the body has energy flows, or qi, that run through 'meridians' channels. Cupping therapy works on muscle tension and blood flow to relax and rejuvenate the body. The suction created from the cups causes blood vessels to expand, forcing a fresh flow of blood through the affected area. This can revitalize the blood vessels and allow more oxygen and nutrients to pass through the area in turn. This aids in the healing of injuries and illness by helping to promote relaxation and calm. On top of that, the increased blood flow can help flush out toxins and other blockages that may hinder healing or cause pain or stress.

 

During a session, the suction from the cups also relaxes muscles as they are deeply massaged and stimulated through a pulling technique, almost the opposite of massage, where muscles are pushed and pressed. The cups can stay stationary or glided on the skin depending on what is needed for the treatment. 

 

Does Cupping Therapy Hurt?

 

Cupping Therapy does not hurt. However, it may feel a little intense during the time you have having it done. Your skin will be left with minor circular marks or bruises where the cup has been, which signifies the blockages being loosened and the blood starting to flow much better. These are nothing to worry about, and this is the desired reaction. The bruising that cupping leaves behind is cosmetic and will fade away within a few days or so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What can Fire or Air Cupping help with?

 Below is a partial list:

 

Ailments of the body:

  • Neck pain

  • Back pain

  • Leg pain

  • Aches and strains

  • Rheumatism and Arthritis

  • Migraines/headaches

  • Other Acute or chronic pain

  • Digestive complaints

  • Gynecological disorders/infertility

  • Hypertension/hypotension (high or low blood pressure)

  • Nerve pain

Ailments of the mind:

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relaxation

  • Fighting addictions

How Often Should I Have Cupping Therapy?

 

For example, if you are working on reducing back pain or shoulder pain, I might do cupping with you each week for several weeks. As your pain and tension diminish, you will find that you react less to Cupping Therapy (fewer bruises, less soreness the day after the treatment). These are good signs that your circulation is improving muscle tissue and that your tension is diminishing. ​

Get in contact with me today if you have any questions or if you are ready to book in for a session.

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