What is cupping?
Cupping, coming from traditional Chinese medicine, is a belief that certain health problems can be caused by stagnant blood and poor energy flow throughout the body. Cups are applied to the skin to create pressure which in turn sucks the skin upward. It improves blood circulation in the set area by attracting immune cells (fresh blood) to help speed the recovery process. Cupping increases blood flow which can relieve muscle tension, improve circulation and reduce inflammation. It can also be used to help relieve back and neck pain, stiff and tight muscles, sport injuries / performance, fatigue, and migraines.
Please note that cupping CAN leave bruised circles on the skin that can last anywhere between a few days to 2 weeks. The color will vary person to person depending on the area and how well the cupping worked.
If you are on blood thinners, have trouble bleeding or clotting, have thin or sensitive skin, broken or irritated skin or have any open wounds, cupping is not recommended. Pregnant women, children, older adults and people with certain health conditions (cancer, organ failure, blood disorders, heart disease, etc) should not do cupping.
Ask Dr. Camacho if you would be a good candidate for cupping therapy.