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Here’s Why Cupping Has Become So Popular

Like acupuncture, the practice of cupping has been around for centuries and has been traced back to China. 

Many Eastern medicine practices have gained acceptance in the United States and other Western countries, and are often combined to help with pain, inflammation, weight loss, and stress relief, among other things. 

Though not as well-known as acupuncture, cupping has become more visible in recent years as high-profile celebrities and athletes have been spotted on red carpets and at other events with circle shaped marks on their backs. So what exactly is cupping, and what are the benefits?

At New Hampshire Regenerative Center, our chiropractic and naturopathic medicine doctors and specialists offer a range of therapeutic services to manage pain and musculoskeletal injuries at our clinic in Manchester, New Hampshire.

How cupping hit the mainstream

Although it’s been around for centuries, cupping gained a huge boost in media attention after the Summer Olympics in 2016, when Michael Phelps was seen sporting the telltale circular marks associated with cupping on his back. 

Phelps is just one of many high profile celebrities and professional athletes who have used cupping in recent years. 

Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Lena Dunham, Courtney Love, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian, and many others have given cupping a try and raised the practice’s profile in the last few years.

How cupping works

As its name suggests, cupping involves the placing of a series of small cups along your back and other parts of your body to create suction. The suction stimulates blood flow and circulation, and the cups are often heated to enhance the response. 

The procedure is noninvasive, but can cause temporary marks and bruising.

What is cupping used for?

The practice of cupping is used for:

Cupping also has therapeutic effects on muscles similar to deep-tissue and therapeutic massages

During a cupping session, we place anywhere from three to seven cups on your skin for about three minutes. The most common side effects are bruising and redness/irritation from the suction, which usually clears up in a few days depending on individual skin sensitivity. 

Topical antibiotic ointments can help to reduce the risk of skin irritation and infection.

Cupping can also be combined with other therapies like acupuncture and trigger point injections, where the needles are placed under the cups to enhance the treatment.

For more information about cupping and other therapeutic services to enhance your health and well-being, contact us today to request an appointment with one of our specialists at our Manchester, New Hampshire, office.

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