What is Cupping Therapy?

Cupping is an ancient healing therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is used to relieve muscle tension and pain relief by promoting cell repair. 

The treatment involves placing small cups on the skin and then manually pumping them to create suction. The suction increases blood circulation to the areas where the cups are placed and your body begins to treat the cupping area like an injury. The increased blood flow helps relieve muscle tension and promotes cell repair to help provide pain relief.

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Benefits of Cupping

Cupping is typically used for pain relief and musculoskeletal injuries, like strains, sprains, and inflammation. This treatment can help relieve muscle tension and tightness. Some of the most common benefits of cupping include:

  • Promotes muscle recovery
  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Increases blood flow and circulation
  • Promotes mobility and range of motion 
  • Muscle relaxation


What conditions does cupping treat?

Anyone dealing with acute or chronic pain can benefit from cupping. Here are a few of the specific conditions we treat using cupping therapy at Renew Wellness:

  • Headaches
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis 
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Carpal tunnel
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Need more information? Frequently Asked Questions

The primary side effects of cupping are bruising and skin irritation. You may experience mild muscle soreness after treatment.

The discoloration or marks left behind from the cups doesn't always occur. But if you notice cupping marks have occurred, these usually go away within 7 days of your session. You should avoid getting another cupping treatment on these areas until the markings are completely gone.

Many patients see immediate relief of tension and discomfort after one cupping session. The number of sessions needed will vary depending on the condition you are being treated for.

Patients experience a slight suction on the skin and muscle area increasing blood flow.

Most patients don't experience any discomfort during a cupping session. 

Typically the cups are left on for 5-10 minutes. This can vary depending on the condition being treated and the desired effect.