After cupping one will most likely encounter cupping therapy marks. Sometimes these marks are confused with bruising; however, it is important to understand that these are not actually bruises. Bruising is defined as a mark which is caused by a blunt force trauma, such as hitting something hard into the tissue of the skin.
Many professional athletes such as Michael Phelps have been photographed with these cupping marks post-treatment and continue to turn to cupping therapy for relief.
How Does Cupping Therapy Work?
Cupping therapy works by creating a small vacuum-like suction to the area of contact using small cups to the certain key points and generally the area in pain. The suctioning causes dead & stagnant blood cells, toxins, and cellular debris that were previously ensconced in deeper layers of the tissue to rise to the surface to create room for oxygen, nutrients, and for new living cells. This allows for faster healing time and better circulation to the area at hand.
Benefits of cupping include deep tissue relief, delivering blood flow to tight or injured muscles, strengthening the immune system, relieving stress and loosening adhesions.
How Long Do the Marks Last?
The marks that cupping can cause usually last between three to seven days, depending on the patient’s physical activity, the amount of toxins released during the session, and how much water the patient drinks afterwards.
The discoloration ranges from a deep purple to a dark red. If the person undergoing treatment sweats a lot daily, or if there is little to no stagnation in the area, the mark may only be a light pink color and can disappear within the day.
How Often Should I Get Cupping Therapy?
Cupping Therapy works best when done in multiple sessions over a period of time, perhaps once a week, or as needed. It varies depending on the condition being treated or the severity of the condition. Muscular treatment generally requires multiple short sessions over the course of a few weeks. Detoxification treatment however, can vary from a singular session to several, depending on the toxin level within the body.
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding cupping therapy and how it can benefit you, don’t hesitate to reach out to call and ask how cupping can improve your life!