All of us at Constellation love cupping - and it’s one of the modalities people ask about the most! One of the questions that often comes up is from people who have received cupping in the past, wondering why they felt sore, achy, tired, or flu-like after a treatment. This is a great question. So, here’s a blog post all why that can happen - and how some simple self-care can help prevent it!⠀
Cupping is the practice of creating a vacuum in glass or plastic cups, creating suction effect on the skin and muscles. The cups can be left stationary or can be moved over the skin’s surface. Cupping feels a lot like a strong deep tissue massage, but isn’t painful. The suction can penetrate up to four inches deep. Most people find cupping relaxing and refreshing.
So, you know that tight, painful feeling in your neck from hours of working on the laptop and staring at your phone? Perhaps your shoulders feel tight and ropy, and you feel like the Hunchback of Notre Desk. And maybe you have a headache too, something dull and achy that starts at the base of your skull, then travels over the top of your head to your eyes, or through the side of your head to your temple.
You have a case of “tech neck”, and cupping is your new best friend.
It's not uncommon for people to say to me, upon hearing that I'm an acupuncturist,
"That's so cool! I've always wanted to try that, but I'm too scared of needles!!"
Well, today's post isn't intended to change your mind just yet (although, did you know that most acupuncture needles are as a thin as human hair and will bend if you touch them?! Take a look at this photo for size comparison). Today, I want to tell you that getting "poked" isn't the only way to benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). If you've looked around on my website, you've probably noticed that I provide many services in addition to acupuncture. Dietary therapy, herbal medicine, electrical-stimulation, moxibustion, and today's subject, fire cupping, are all effective parts of a TCM treatment.