What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative therapy in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it done for many purposes, including to help with detoxification, pain management, inflammation, improve blood circulation, relaxation and wellbeing, and as a type of a deep-tissue massage.
Although cupping therapy has recently become trendy, with the likes of the Olympic gold medalist in swimming Michael Phelps and former heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua as well as a number of other elite athletes using this therapy to not only improve their performance but help them recover. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Chinese as well as in the Middle East. As a matter of fact it has been mentioned in one of the oldest medical text books Ebers Papyrus where it describes how the Egyptians used it in 1550 B.C.
There are two types of cupping, dry and wet. In wet cupping incisions are made and blood is removed from the body, whereas in dry cupping no incisions are made and no blood is removed from the body.
How does Cupping work?
The medical mechanisms of cupping are based on theories of how the body reacts when cups are applied to areas of the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that disease occurs when there is stagnation of vital energy of life (Qi). Although we do not dismiss this theory we like to apply more of a modern scientific view on its mechanism.
Wet cupping directly removes blood from the site of where the cups are places. This removes inflammation from the body and may help with pain associated with inflammation. Also when superficial incisions are made for the blood to be able to leave the body, the body naturally releases a chemical called Nitrogen Oxide which acts as a vasodilator improving blood flow to the area. There are more mechanisms at play which we will not discuss here.
Dry cupping works in a similar way, the cups increase blood flow to the area by changing the structure to the cupped area, helping to remove a build-up of tension and toxins from the area.
Moving cupping or massage cupping also helps with myofascial release, improving muscle mobility as well as recovery. This is why you see so many world class athletes utilise cupping as an effective method for recovery.
What may Cupping help with?
- Improved mobility/range of motion
- Muscle recovery
- Muscular aches e.g. backpain
- Myofascial release
- Knee Pain
- Tennis elbow
- Help clear skin
- General recovery
- Rotator-cuff/shoulder injury
- And many more
Are there any risks?
Cupping therapy is very safe.
Full instructions on what to do before and after an appointment will be provided and we will guide you through every step of the treatment.
Markings are left on the skin where the cups are placed; these disappear within 3 to 10 days .
What to expect?
Only the best.
Our cupping therapist is a registered healthcare professional and will talk you through the full process and answer any questions you may have.
This treatment is delivered by our partner
Revitalise clinic is based at the Town Hall Dental & Aesthetics Clinic in Brighouse and is led by Adil, a registered and practicing UK pharmacist who qualified in 2010. Adil has also trained as a phlebotomist at Nottingham University Hospital. As well as completing training in intravenous nutritional therapy from the world renowned Dr Otto.
Adil holds a diploma in Cupping therapy and has been practicing as a therapist since 2016, having successfully treated 100’s of clients including high performing professional athletes.