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Cupping uses a gentle vacuum effect to help increase blood flow and relieve muscle tension and soreness. Many patients equate the feeling to a massage. Cups may be left in place or moved along a muscle to stimulate blood flow.
Different methods include the use of suction (using plastic cups) or fire cupping, which is the use of fire placed briefly inside a ceramic or glass cup to create a vacuum effect before placing the cup on the skin. Small bruises may develop (if you remember those pictures of Michael Phelps!) and disappear within a few days on their own.
Cupping therapies offered include the use of round or heart-shaped cups.
Cupping therapy is added to acupuncture services as-indicated by your signs and symptoms.