Where does cupping come from, and what are the benefits?

Where does Cupping come from?

Cupping therapy has been around for over 3 thousand years. The first record of this form of alternative medicine dates from 1,550 B.C. in Egypt. It was used as a method to purify the body. This therapy technique has been used by many cultures at one point in time, and even by American physicians up until the late 1800s.

After spending some time in the shadows, cupping has resurfaced in Western medicine and has become present in physiotherapy, massage and chiropractic clinics throughout Canada, including at Cappino Physio and Wellness Centers.

What is Cupping?

Cupping therapy involves placing heated cups on the skin to create suction. The suction helps the healing process by allowing blood flow to sore areas in the muscle which provides nutrients to the specific area. Cupping stimulates the small nerves inside the muscle and releases natural pain-killing chemicals (like endorphins, enkelaphalins and dynorphins). These are what provide the pain relief.

 

What are the benefits of Cupping?

There are many advantages to cupping, which is why Olympian gold medal winner Michael Phelps and American swimmer Natalie Coughlin have been getting cupping treatments for many years. If you suffer from neck, shoulder, lower back or even foot pain, cupping will be beneficial for you. This treatment helps ease the symptoms of many familiar disorders of bones and muscles, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, and it’s also used to treat the following:

  • Chronic pain & stress
  • Anxiety and depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Varicose veins
  • Fertility and gynecological disorders
  • Blood disorders like anemia and hemophilia.

By Siyona Isa-Lazar