What is fire cupping?
Glass cups are heated and then applied to the body in such a way to create a vacuum and pull the skin gently into the cup.
What does fire cupping do?
Eastern Description: The heat and suction from the cup pulls out blockages in Qi to allow free flow of energy and promote healing.
Western Description: The heat and suction helps increase blood flow to all areas of your body which helps with bringing oxygen to tissues that were not optimally receiving oxygen prior (which tends to cause pain). Cupping can break up deep scar tissue and relax tender muscles or connective tissues.
I saw Michael Phelps and those crazy bruises...does it hurt?
I know it looks scary, but it usually isn't painful. Most people will feel some heat and tightness around the cup. In fact, the bruises are caused when blood rushes to the area and the skin is sucked into the cup.
So what does it feel like?
Cupping is most closely described to as a deep tissue massage. The pressure/tightness forms around the cup but instead of pushing the tissue down, the cups lift the tissue allowing blood flow to increase underneath.
How long does a cupping session last?
It depends on what your needs are but cupping can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 minutes.
Ok, Ok, why would I want to try cupping?
For starters, cupping helps relieve pain. It can ease stiffness from chronic back and neck pains, migraines, arthritis, and fatigue. For athletes it can reduce stiffness, muscle cramps, joint pains and scar tissue.
Do I have to have FIRE cupping?
You don't have to have anything...there are always options. One option to cupping besides fire is a suction cup which is done mechanically.
Sign me up...how do I do it?
Dr. Lauren can perform cupping after a thorough examination. Call 331-307-7110 to schedule an appointment today.