If you want to ease back pain or improve your complexion, cupping provides a safe, noninvasive, and non-chemical treatment option. At Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, in Miami, Florida, acupuncturists Wanyun Tsay, LAc, Kimberly Hickerson, LAc, and the caring team offer cupping for men, women, and teenagers. To schedule your cupping appointment, call the office or book online today.
Cupping is a holistic, integrative treatment developed over 3,000 years ago. It uses a series of small glass cups to create suction at various points along your body. Ultimately, this suction increases circulation and promotes cell repair. There’s also some evidence that suggests cupping assists your body’s natural healing process, encouraging the formation of new connective tissue and blood vessels.
Cupping at Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine begins with a review of your medical history and a discussion of your goals for treatment.
After gathering this information, you lie face down on a massage table. Once you’re comfortable, your acupuncturist places a series of small, rounded cups on your skin. Each cup is warm; as the air inside the cup cools, it creates a suction, pulling on your skin. Cupping may cause your skin to turn red or purple, but it isn’t painful.
Once each cup is in position, your acupuncturist leaves them in place for 5-10 minutes. After this time period, your acupuncturist removes each cup and places ointment and a bandage on top of your treated skin. Depending on your individual needs, the team might recommend you undergo acupuncture in coordination with cupping.
Cupping provides a safe, alternative treatment for a variety of common problems, including:
You might also benefit from cupping if you’re living with a musculoskeletal disorder like cervical spondylosis.
Cupping is safe and well-tolerated, but it does present several side effects. During treatment, you may feel light-headed or dizzy as a result of the suction and changes in your circulation. Following your appointment, bruises, redness, and swelling may occur at or near the areas where treatment took place.
To lower your risk of pain and other side effects, make sure to follow your Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine provider’s recovery instructions. This includes gently cleaning your skin once a day, getting rest, and drinking plenty of water.
Curious to see if cupping is right for you? If so, schedule an appointment at Miami Center for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. Call the office or book online today.