What is cupping and how can it help me?

By Dr. Bob Monroe

Cupping is a common modality used by most Doctors of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine which involves the use of glass cups applied to the body, generally along the back. This treatment can leave circular marks or bruises like the ones we have all seen on Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Cupping can be used for a variety of different things, from the common cold to pain relief. Fire is used to create a vacuum effect inside the cup which draws the muscle into it when applied to the body. This acts to break up stagnation and receive tension in the muscles, releasing discomfort and soreness.

Cupping treatments are often done at the end of an Acupuncture treatment when the body is most relaxed. If you have questions about cupping or would like to book an appointment with Dr. Bob please contact us at 403.521.2278.

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