Cupping is a powerful detoxifying, pain relieving and energy building modality that people all over the world use for health maintenance.
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Does Cupping Hurt?
Cupping therapy causes mild swelling and marks on the skin, so many people assume it must be painful. The marks appear because the suction causes the blood vessels on the surface of the skin to expand. The resulting marks are unlike bruises caused by blunt trauma so they shouldn't hurt. The marks can last anywhere between a day to one week, but usually last a couple of days. (These are not bruises, but marks showing the amount of stagnation in the body.)
You may feel a tight pulling sensation as the cups are applied, but again it shouldn't be painful. If you are feeling pain, be sure to tell your therapist so he/she can adjust their technique. If your skin is broken or inflamed, the therapy should be avoided as this may cause pain.
If you're worried about the sensation, explain this to your therapist. Many therapists will use a very gentle pressure during your first session and gradually increase in intensity as you get used to the feeling.
Who Should Avoid Cupping
When carried out by a qualified professional, cupping therapy should carry little to no risk. It is advised that the following groups of people avoid cupping:
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR CUPPING:
Cupping is contraindicated in cases of:
cardiac failure, renal failure, organ failure
ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis
severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura
hemophilia, leukemia, metastatic cancer and those undergoing cancer therapy
clients with dermatosis, destruction of the skin, or allergic dermatitis
Cupping should not be applied to the portion where hernia exists or has occurred in the past.
Cupping should not be performed on affected areas during the acute stages of Psoriasis, Eczema or Rosacea.
Cupping should not be applied to affected areas during outbreaks of Urticaria (Hives), Herpes or Shingles.
Cupping is contraindicated for those with liver or kidney functional illness, Cardiopathy, 3D Varicosities or over recent surgical incisions.
In addition to this, the therapy should not be carried out on sites of the body that have the following:
deep vein thrombosis
a pulse that can be felt
treated with Botox
You are advised to consult with your doctor before trying a new therapy. They will be able to advise you on which therapies are suitable (or unsuitable) for you. You should also tell your therapist if you are concerned about any of the above conditions.
**As Cupping is a complementary therapy, it is advised that you use it alongside any medical treatment you are receiving from your health care provider. (I AM NOT A MEDICAL DOCTOR.)
+++ FOR YOUR SAFETY, PLEASE EXPECT TO REST 15-30 MINUTES BEFORE LEAVING THE FACILITY TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ABLE TO DRIVE SAFELY. DURING THIS TIME, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. PLEASE DRINK PLENTY OF WATER BEFORE AND AFTER YOUR TREATMENTS.