I. What is Cupping Therapy
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
II. Cupping Aftercare
Cupping is a traditional treatment that is safe, comfortable, and effective for many health disorders. The gentle suction that cupping creates loosens and lifts connective tissues, which increases blood and lymph flow to your skin and muscles. To get the maximum benefits from cupping, it’s important that you follow a few guidelines:
What to do after cupping or a cupping massage
You may feel more tired than normal or experience flu-like symptoms after cupping (headache or general body aches). This is a temporary reaction by your immune system to the cellular waste that cupping helps release.
What to avoid after cupping or a cupping massage
III. How to prepare for cupping or cupping massage
IV. How to make the cupping marks go away faster
After cupping, your skin will have circular marks ranging in color from pink to deep red or purple. People may joke that you look like you were in a fight with an octopus. Wear those badges proudly! You’re doing something great for your body.
Discolorations from cupping will fade. Some may fade after a few hours while others take up to two weeks to disappear completely. The discolorations are related to your body’s health at the time of cupping.
If you’d like those marks to go away faster, do two things: hydrate and rest.
Everyone’s body responds differently to cupping. If you have any questions either before or after a cupping appointment, please call us to speak with a licensed massage therapist.
V. Cupping Contraindication
In general, cupping is contraindicated directly on veins, arteries, nerves, skin inflammation, any skin lesion, body orifices, eyes, lymph nodes, or varicose veins. Cupping is also contraindicated on open wounds, bone fractures, and sites of deep vein thrombosis.
Areas to avoid
•Anterior neck, medial to SCM
•Kidneys – stationary cups over kidneys
•Areas of superficial blood vessel areas/nerve areas: anterior neck, groin, anterior distal forearm
•Insulin, or any medical injection sites
•Scarring following surgeries. Wait for the scar to heal, at least 3-5 weeks
•Herniation/Bulging disc area
•Cyst of any kind – pressure can increase discomfort
Acute and non-acute medical conditions
•Cancer, malignant tumors or while receiving cancer therapy
•Rheumatoid arthritis flare up
•Deep vein thrombosis
•Low blood pressure
•Acute circulatory disorders (varicosities)
Systemic Conditions / Weakened Conditions
•Hemophiliacs and clients who bruise easily
•Clients with extreme exhaustion, high stress or weakened general conditions
Skin hypersensitivity-skin conditions to avoid include but not limited to
•Shingles (Herpes zoster)
•Skin lesions, raised moles, skin tags, acne
•Medications – Including thin skinning medication
•Aspirin, Blood Thinners
All Acute musculoskeletal injuries
•Ask your doctor if cupping is contraindicated with any current medications you are taking.
•If you cannot reach you doctor, inform your massage therapist and we will consult with other resources.
VI. Cupping Special Considerations
It is recommended to introduce cupping gently in the second trimester. Recognize that a conservative approach is necessary as structures may be more responsive during pregnancy due to the hormonal changes in the body.Cupping will not be done lateral to the lumbar spine.
It is recommended to express milk before cupping therapy to prevent exposing the infant to an altered breast milk taste following the treatment. It is advised to pump and dump the breast milk and feed the baby with the pre-cupping treatment expressed milk.
Children and the Elderly
A gradual and gentle introduction of cupping therapy will be applied with children and the elderly. We will access the reaction to the treatment and adjust accordingly.
Note: Visible markings can result from cupping from 3 to up to 7-8 days following treatment. You must be comfortable with the markings, otherwise, cupping therapy is contraindicated.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the BKK Beauty at 682-503-6167 to talk to a licensed massage therapist or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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