Cupping is one of the oldest treatments used in traditional Chinese medicine, and today it provides the same benefit: It increases blood flow, relaxes muscles, promotes healing, and alleviates pain. Michael Kaliko, DC, and the team at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness, located in the Carthay Circle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, have years of experience using cupping to improve your overall health and heal health problems. If you have questions about cupping and how it can help you, or you’d like to request an appointment, use the online booking feature or call the office today.
Cupping is performed using a globe-shaped cup that’s typically made of glass, plastic, rubber, or silicone. Your provider places the open side of the cup against your skin then creates a vacuum inside the cup that pulls your skin and superficial muscles up into the cup.
In traditional cupping, your provider creates the vacuum by putting a burning substance in the cup and placing the cup on your skin as the flames go out. The vacuum develops as air in the cup cools. Today’s modern cups have a built-in pump that creates a vacuum by pulling air out of the cup after it’s on your skin.
Your provider may place multiple cups on your skin and leave them in place for a short time. In another cupping technique called wet cupping, your provider gently punctures your skin before putting the cup over that area. Your provider may also gently move the cup across your skin.
The suction created during cupping increases blood flow and boosts lymph circulation. As a result, tissues receive more oxygen and nutrients for healing, while more toxins and cellular wastes are removed through lymph fluids.
Your provider at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness may use cupping the same way as acupuncture, placing the cups on acupuncture points, and using their suction to improve the flow of energy. Cupping may relieve muscle tension, promote cellular regeneration, and improve your wellbeing.
The team at Body of Beverly Hills Wellness may recommend cupping to relieve pain, enhance healing, and relax your muscles. Cupping therapy is often used to treat:
Cupping is most often performed on your back, but you can also receive cupping therapy on your chest, abdomen, buttocks, legs, and face.
Facial cupping follows the same procedure, except the cups are smaller and softer. Cupping on your body produces temporary bruising in the area where your skin is pulled into the cup. However, you should not develop bruising during facial cupping.
As cupping increases blood flow, your skin is strengthened, your complexion is rejuvenated, and fine lines are smoothed away. Additionally, cupping may stimulate collagen production and help relieve the pain of conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
To learn more about cupping, call Body of Beverly Hills Wellness, or request an appointment online.