By Jon Stiffler PTA, Spine Center Coordinator
Cupping Therapy at JOI Rehab
Cupping therapy dates back to ancient times. Cupping is actually an ancient practice and been around for thousands of years. It should only be performed by a trained professional such as an Acupuncturist or a trained Physical Therapist.
There are 2 types of Cupping
- Dry cupping and bleeding (or wet) cupping. Dry cupping provides a more relaxing and therapeutic effect.
- Wet cupping provides a more “curative-treatment approach.” Wet cupping draws out a small amount of blood.
Cupping therapy is the inverse of a massage. The suction uses pressure to pull the skin, muscles and tissue upward. Acupuncture and cupping can be used together. The combination of cupping and acupuncture treats deep tissues and promotes healing at the skin level with the insertion of acupuncture needles.
What Conditions Does Cupping Therapy Treat?
- Headache or migraine
- Back pain
- Knee pain
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Sports injuries
- Respiratory diseases (common cold, bronchitis, pneumonia).
- Rheumatic Disorders (Arthritic joint conditions).
You might feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Often times, this sensation is relaxing and soothing. Possible side effects of cupping are mild pain, swelling, lightheadedness, sweating and possibly nausea. Cupping my cause round, hickey-like bruises that can last from a few days up to 2 weeks. These marks vary by individual and do not indicate how well the cupping therapy worked.
If your injury does require physical therapy or surgery, our JOI team has the expertise and technological advances to get you back to your ideal level of function.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045 or click the banner below.