Cupping therapy is very effective for promoting an increase in circulation and to assist the body in healing injuries to muscles, tendons and joints. Cupping therapy can be very helpful in relieving tension caused by muscle hyper-tonicity and/or tightness in the surrounding connective tissue, i.e. fascia.
Cupping therapy is applied by creating suction, with the use of cups made of silicon, hard plastic or glass. A vacuum in the cup is created by squeezing the silicon cup, or by use of a pump, or in the can of glass cups with the use of a flame. The cups are placed on the skin over the targeted area and usually left in place for somewhere between five and fifteen minutes. Depending on the degree of suction, discoloration of the skin can occur as many have seen on the bodies of athletes and stars on TV. This discoloration is harmless and will resolve within a few days to sometimes 10 to 14 days.