Cupping was developed thousands of years ago, and though the techniques have modernized, the original philosophy remains the same. Cupping involves placing plastic ‘jars’ on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. The purpose of cupping is to enhance circulation, and help relieve pain.
One way to think about cupping is that it is the opposite of massage; rather than applying pressure to the muscles, the suction uses pressure to pull the skin, tissue, and muscles upward. You usually will feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup. Depending on your comfort and on the type of problem, the cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time.
Cupping can be used to relieve pain for many different conditions. Ask if it might be a good option for you!