Cupping is one of the oldest alternative medical techniques that dates back to Ancient Eygpt and China. It has evolved and can be done in several ways, both drying cupping and wet cupping.
In Physiotherapy, we utilize dry cupping as an adjunct technique in treatment. Dry cupping means that we utilize suction cups to gently pull up the skin to increase circulation. The cup is either left in place for several minutes, or moved around after putting a small amount of cream or oil on the skin to create a massage-like sensation.
Cupping increases blood flow to the area and therefore can help with muscle and fascial tension, can decrease pain along with encouraging tissue healing and overall well-being. Although the cups can sometimes leave marks on the skin, the techniques utilized by physiotherapists are non-invasive, generally pain free and can be quite relaxing.